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The new owner of Cambodia’s last independent newspaper has purged staff for writing about its sale

At least six staff have been fired or resigned after the The Phnom Penh Post's new owner demanded an article be taken down. Cambodia is seeing a sweeping crackdown on media and Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken steps to silence political opposition and media dissent.
Jang Song-thaek disappears in the photo on the right

6 people who were literally erased from history

It's not easy to remove a person from history, but brutal leaders throughout history have erased some of their formerly close advisors. Here are the six craziest stories of someone being erased from history.

Chinese social network bans Peppa Pig to combat ‘negative influence’ of foreign ideologies

The fictional British piglet has become a cult figure in China — and the government hates it. According to the Global Times, parents have reported their pre-school children are "addicted" to Peppa, and are "oinking and jumping into puddles" after they watch it.
Students wave Iranian national flags during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square February 10, 2009.

Iranian activists are scrawling their protests on thousands of bank notes to avoid censorship

Iran has reportedly arrested upwards of 5,000 people during recent protests.
Saudis attend the screening of the movie Black Panther, the first movie shown in the Kingdom in 35 years

Saudi Arabia just screened ‘Black Panther,’ its first movie in 35 years — but a crucial 40 seconds of it were censored

Movies screened in Saudi Arabia can expect strong censorship, particularly around scenes which feature sex, LGBT representation, and religious issues.
A group poses for photos after taking part in the Pride Run in Shanghai on June 17, 2017. The run was part of Shanghai's ninth annual gay-pride festival.

One of China’s biggest social media platforms just reversed a decision to ban gay content

The site announced a three month "clean up" on Friday, but was immediately slammed by locals and even state-run media appeared critical.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017.

China banned all mention of Kim Jong Un while he was in Beijing — so people called him ‘fatty on the train’ instead

China was trying to keep the North Korean leader's visit under wraps earlier this week.
The Great Wall of China on February 20, 2018 in Huairou, China.

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ is taller than ever under ‘president-for-life’ Xi Jinping

China’s social media landscape is vast and vibrant but it is also one of the most strictly controlled on earth.
Liang Xiangyi's eye roll in stages.

China banned all mention of a sassy, eye-rolling reporter after she became a meme

Liang Xiangyi was caught on live TV rolling her eyes and giving a fellow reporter an extreme side-eye as she asked a rambling question at a state conference.