The Subcommittee on Africa of the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on the U.S. Policy in Africa on March 24, 2010. Mr. Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs of the State Department appeared before the Sub-Committee to discuss U.S. policy in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Subcommittee on Africa is chaired by Mr. Donald M. Payne of New Jersey; Mr. Chris Smith of New Jersey is the Ranking Member of this Subcommittee. During the opening remarks of Mr. Payne and Mr. Smith, the ongoing deteriorating human rights and press freedom in Ethiopia were highlighted. Regarding Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s comparison of the VOA Radio with the Rwanda hate media, Mr. Payne said, “unbelievable.” In his part, Mr. Smith remarked that Chinese expertise was being used to as a tool of repression in Ethiopia and other despotic regimes in Africa.
In the “Questions and Answers” section, Mr. Carson mentioned that the only other countries that jammed the VOA radio were North Korea and Iran. The “Questions & Answers” starts at ~51:00-minutes. Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa were the major focus areas of the discussion.
– Source: House.gov