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Launching the Africa Regional Media Hub in Johannesburg

Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Michael Pelletier, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer, and Spokesperson for the Bureau of African Affairs Hilary Renner speak with 21 visiting journalists at the U.S. Department of State Africa Regional Media Hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, November 1, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Mike Hammer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

When asked by a Tanzanian journalist earlier this month about U.S. policy in Africa, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson highlighted the President’s Policy Directive for sub-Saharan Africa and said the United States wants “to develop our friendship with Africa based on mutual respect, mutual interest, mutual responsibility. We want to base it on a partnership and not patronage.”

To this end, in just the last few months, journalists from around the continent have joined U.S. policymakers via the Africa Media Hub to discuss a broad array of topics that include trade, investment, security, health, food security, humanitarian aid, and press freedom. Today, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, addressed journalists while in Nairobi… more »

Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer to travel to Asia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 7, 2012


Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer will travel to Asia from September 10 to 15. He will visit Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

Assistant Secretary Hammer will meet with government representatives to discuss ongoing media issues. He will also meet with members of the media, students, and NGOs to discuss American public diplomacy, press freedom, internet freedom and freedom of expression.

For further information, please contact Amanda Mansour at MansourAJ@state.gov or (202) 647-6088, or visit www.state.gov/p/eap.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Public Affairs Mike Hammers delivers remarks on “Current U.S. Foreign Policy Issues” at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C. on July 26, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Public Affairs Mike Hammers delivers remarks on “Current U.S. Foreign Policy Issues” at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C. on July 26, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]