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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Meeting with Advocates for Media Freedom in Georgia
June 7, 2021

People seated around a conference table.
Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker at the meeting with advocates for media freedom. Photo: State Dept.

Threats to media freedom not only interfere with the rights of journalists, but with the rights of the public to access information. Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker arrived in Tbilisi last night, beginning a one-week visit to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. This morning, he met with advocates for media freedom in Georgia. He told the group that the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to putting human rights at the heart of U.S. foreign policy. That includes freedom of the press and freedom of expression. People everywhere should be free to express their beliefs, hold opinions without interference, and seek, receive, and share information and ideas. The Acting Assistant Secretary listened to the concerns of advocates and their ideas for promoting greater media freedom and higher levels of professionalism in journalism.