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Cablegate: Letter From Lebanese Journalist May Chidiac to Secretary

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Lucia A Keegan 08/31/2006 09:43:53 AM From DB/Inbox: Lucia A Keegan

Cable
Text:


UNCLAS PARIS 05819

SIPDIS
cxparis:
ACTION: UNESCO
INFO: POL ECON AMBU AMB AMBO DCM SCI

DISSEMINATION: UNESCOX
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: AMB:LVOLIVER
DRAFTED: OM:RYOUNG
CLEARED: DCM:AKOSS

VZCZCFRI409
RR RUEHC
DE RUEHFR #5819 2421056
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 301056Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0849

UNCLAS PARIS 005819

SIPDIS

FROM USMISSION UNESCO PARIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SCUL UNESCO LE
SUBJECT: LETTER FROM LEBANESE JOURNALIST MAY CHIDIAC TO SECRETARY
RICE


1. Following is text of a letter to the Secretary from May
Chidiac, Lebanese journalist and recent winner of the UNESCO World
Press Freedom prize. Ms. Chidiac was the guest of honor at a
reception hosted by Ambassador Oliver in May. Letter was received
by email from Ms. Chidiac and we are forwarding it at her request.
There will be no signed original.

2. Begin text:

August 28, 2006

The Honorable
Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State

SIPDIS
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Madame Secretary:

Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy day to write to
me this very thoughtful letter. I enjoyed reading it.

Your enthusiasm for my recovery and for the independence of my
country has touched me. And I'm truly confident that one day with
the help of God and that of your country we will gain our nation's
liberty and freedom again.

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The Women's Media Foundation would like to award me with the 2006
Courage in Journalism Award. This would require me to be in the US
for approximately two weeks between October 18 and November 3. This
event will take place in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.
So it will be an honor and I would greatly appreciate the chance to
meet you then.

It would be an honor for me to make a special documentary about you
for my new program "Opinion Leaders."

In closing, I would like to thank you again for your interest and
for your touching letter.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

/s/

May Chidiac

Oliver

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