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Building a Free Press

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The year 1989 marked a new beginning. The Berlin Wall fell, and with it, the Soviet empire. East Germany was soon absorbed by the Federal Republic of Germany, but other nations in Central and Eastern Europe long held in captivity by the Soviet Union proclaimed their independence. History took still another turn in 1991. The Soviet Union itself disintegrated, and from its ruins a great many new nations emerged in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

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