Police intimidate another press freedom-supporting celebrity and WeChat gets caught censoring
With Southern Weekly publishing almost on schedule this week and with its journalists back to work, what remained of the protest outside the newspaper's office in Guangzhou was left to justice-seeking petitioners, many of whom were carted off by domestic security police yesterday.
Don't miss this video from the Wall Street Journal yesterday of a wheelchair-bound protester screaming he's being kidnapped as plainclothes agents haul him into their white van.
In online news, actress Annie Yi is the latest celebrity to face 'tea' harassment by authorities after she expressed support for Southern Weekly on her Sina Weibo microblog, and netizens began noticing Thursday that popular mobile messaging service WeChat is preventing them from sending messages containing the Chinese name of Southern Weekly, although the company now seems to have unblocked that term.
Since so many people are being summoned to have tea, time to learn what it is:"Drinking Tea with the Security Police" seeingredinchina.com/2012/03/01/dri…
— Yaxue Cao (@YaxueCao) 1月 10, 2013
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