ALTHOUGH ROMA (GYPSIES) ARE THE largest minority in Eastern Europe, numbering at least several million, there is no Romani-language equivalent of TASS or Reuters. The major news wires, even those that are not directly state-subsidized, have developed with the support of state infrastructures. Roma do not have their own state, and many states in which they lived, especially during periods of state socialism, forbade minority-language publications.

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