On February 23, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will respond to questions from Egyptian youth during a social media dialogue hosted by the Egyptian online news and information portal Masrawy.com.
On February 20, Masrawy.com launched a dedicated page on their website titled "Hillary Clinton Engages in Dialogue with Egyptian Youth." The page is specially designed to collect questions from Egyptians, from which Masrawy.com will choose several to conduct an exclusive interview with Secretary Clinton. Masrawy's U.S.-based correspondent Dr. Ahmed Ghanim will moderate the discussion in the State Department's studio on February 23, and the interview will appear on Masrawy.com later that day.
Masrawy.com also collected questions in Tahrir Square during the recent gathering on Friday, February 18. To date, users have submitted nearly 6,500 written questions, videos and audio files for the social media dialogue with Secretary Clinton.
In Egypt, youth played an instrumental role in the unprecedented protests that have created a new chapter in the country's history. The United States is committed to engaging with youth and civil society around the world, whose voices play a vital role in shaping their communities and future. Furthermore, as Secretary Clinton reiterated in her recent speech on "Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices and Challenges in a Networked World," protecting the universal human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of association online as well as offline are central to the United States' foreign policy agenda.
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