|7/03/2002: Commission Chair to Congratulate Abe Rosenthal on Receipt of Presidential Medal|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT: Commission Chair Felice Gaer will offer congratulatory remarks to journalist Abe Rosenthal at a reception celebrating his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
WHEN: July 8, 2002, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ballroom, Freedom House, 1319 18th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20015
BACKGROUND: On July 9, President Bush will award Abe Rosenthal the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his forceful and effective writing in defense of religious freedom and human rights. Mr. Rosenthal is a syndicated columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times. His ground-breaking columns on religious persecution abroad made a significant contribution to passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which created the Commission. Throughout the years he has not hesitated to educate readers about violations of religious freedom, whether in China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, or other countries of concern to the Commission.