So far, more than 40 domestic websites have supported the statement and many Chinese netizens have pledged not download or spread the Chen photos. An extraordinary and graphic series of photographs, many healthily adorned with black tags to overcome obscenity laws which nevertheless leave little to the imagination, have been plastered for days over the territory's main newspapers. When more pictures and video clips landed, and were reposted around the internet and abroad, many described it as being similar to the Paris Hilton sex video only repeated hundreds of times over. In addition, Chinese Internet search engine Baidu. It urged netizens and website staff to be self-disciplined and prevent the posting and dissemination of such images by pledging not to download, spread or speculate on the photos. Last month, photos of the Canadian-born Chen caught in sexual acts with various Hong Kong starlets surfaced on the Internet and have spread like wildfire ever since. The statement meanwhile praised other big Chinese mainland websites, including Sohu. They show some of China's favourite actresses and singers posing naked and engaging in a variety of sexual activities with Edison Chen, one of its favourite Canto-pop crooners and heart-throbs. The mainland also joined in attempts to have the websites concerned blocked or taken down, but more photographs have continued to appear in a variety of formats, attracting tens of millions of page views across the country. Three suspects were given five-day administrative detention, and two others, a year-old man surnamed Jiang and a year-old man surnamed Ma, were under criminal detention and still being questioned by police, the paper said, citing the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau. The affair first came to light with the appearance online of a series of photographs of Chen with Gillian Chung, another singing star. So far they have made nine arrests, prompting a small demonstration by activists who said that they were only taking it seriously because the rich and powerful were involved. Hong Kong police said that in total 1, images had been stolen from the computer, and launched a city-wide manhunt for the culprits, including anyone who had uploaded or distributed pictures. While her management company at first tried to suggest the pictures were doctored, the number, scale and intimacy of the photographs - which were anything but squeaky clean - rapidly made clear this was not possible. Eventually even the Catholic auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, John Tong, joined Tong in appealing for what has become a city-wide obsession to stop. They were followed by more pictures, showing Chen with Bobo Chan, a singer, Cecilia Cheung, who both sings and acts, and five other girls, all in stages of undress. The Beijing Internet news information review council, initiated by the government-sponsored Beijing Association of Online Media, issued a statement on Monday, criticizing the Nasdaq-listed website's conduct in relation to the photos.