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Freies Wort

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Freies Wort
Freies Wort is the largest regional newspaper in southern Thuringia. Including the Meininger Tageblatt, the Freies Wort has a circulation of 80,000. The newspaper was founded as an organ of the Suhl sector of the SED. It was established as Das Freie Wort on August 15, 1952 with a circulation of 157,400 and was the smallest SED-controlled newspaper at the time and eight city desks. The newspaper was renamed to Freies Wort on March 9, 1956. After German reunification, the newspaper was privatised in 1991 and sold to Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich (which now holds 70%) and Deutsche Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft (owned by the SPD political party, holding 30%). The chief editor is Herbert Wessels (since 2009), second editor is Markus Ermert (since 2002).

Website: http://www.freies-wort.de/

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