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    China Censors Mandela Funeral

    A paramilitary policeman walks past portraits of the late Nelson Mandela outside the South African embassy in Beijing on December 6, 2013. The death of South Africa's liberation leader Nelson Mandela has unleashed a heartfelt chorus of awed respect from across the worlds of politics, religion, sport and culture. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Good luck talking about Nelson Mandela without mentioning democracy. The Chinese government on Tuesday issued censorship orders to media ahead of Mandela's funeral prohibiting mentions of self-government or human rights. "All posts and comments on Weibo and blogs that take advantage of the funeral of Mandela to attack our political systems and state leaders must be deleted immediately," the order said. Also banned: anything about the Dalai Lama, Tibet, or Taiwan.

    Read it at South China Morning Post