People across China have been detained or questioned in recent days by security officers for publicly supporting the journalists at the Southern Weekend newspaper who have been protesting strict censorship, according to a human rights group and online posts discussing the plights of some detainees.
One Taiwanese actress who works on the mainland, Yi Neng Jing, said on her microblog Friday that security officers had asked her to "have tea," a euphemism for undergoing some form of interrogation. Ms. Yi had supported Southern Weekend with microblog posts.
Chinese Human Rights Defenders said about two dozen people have been detained by security officers since Jan. 8; many were detained outside the Guangzhou headquarters of the parent company of Southern Weekend.
Police officers largely tolerated protests at the headquarters for three days, then began cracking down. On Friday, there was no sign of protesters outside the main gates.world
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.