The three men are well-known intellectuals, some of the most critical voices in the public sphere.
These detentions could kill any hopes for a period of political relaxation under party leader Hu Jintao.
…… The campaign against intellectuals was signalled by an article in the party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, accusing them of elitism.
Newspapers and magazines have also been ordered not to give publicity to several well-known intellectuals who are critical of the government, including Yu Jie. ”
Read Louisa Lim’s report here.