'Warnings' for China celebrities over censorship row
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities handed warnings to several celebrities who voiced support for a newspaper at the centre of a censorship battle online, newspaper reports and social media posts said on Friday.
Taiwanese singer Annie Yi, who works in mainland China, said on her social media account that she had been invited to "drink tea" with authorities, a common euphemism for being cautioned by authorities, the South China Morning post reported.
The warning came after Yi - who has more than six million followers on Sina Weibo, a Chinese website similar to Twitter - expressed support for Southern Weekly, a newspaper at the centre of protests over government censorship this week.
Other Chinese celebrities, including the former head of Google China, Lee Kai-Fu and property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, also said they received invitations to "drink tea", after posting messages in support of the paper, according to online posts.