Watch: Chinese TV executive's 'bribe-taking' video goes viral online

Surveillance videos and stills allegedly show TV station head taking gifts at his doorstep

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 April, 2014, 5:58pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 April, 2014, 10:07am

Footage of a local television station president allegedly accepting bribes in the open has caused a stir after it was widely circulated online.

The 99-second clip, titled "a Cangnan official taking bribes", caught a middle-aged man - identified in the video as Wu Weimin, president of the Cangnan TV station in Zhejiang province - accepting large bags from visitors to his home on different occasions. It is unclear what was in the packages.

Watch: Chinese local TV station head caught "accepting bribes" on camera

The video was edited and uploaded by an anonymous internet user who left the message: "No [other] way to complain but to upload." A television station employee said Wu was still at work yesterday, but refused to direct media enquiries to him.

A Cangnan county official referred questions about the matter to the county's Communist Party anti-graft agency.

Repeated calls to the agency went unanswered yesterday.

[There's] no [other] way to complain but to upload [this video]
Internet user who posted footage

A propaganda official with the agency confirmed on Monday that they were looking into the allegation, adding that it was too early to draw any conclusions, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

The report also described interpersonal relations at Wu's workplace as "complicated". It said Wu had resigned from the station once , although that happened before the video surfaced.

Wu was promoted to president of the Cangnan county television station in June 2012, according to the county government website. Prior that, Wu was a party secretary of Cangnan's art association.

The footage appears to have been compiled from a surveillance video and eight still photos. It also shows Wu's wife and his driver accepting packages from visitors on Wu's behalf, according to the subtitles added by the videographer.

The video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on the popular video-sharing platform Youku since it was uploaded two weeks ago.

It came to wider attention on social media after it was picked up by news portals, including

"What a live show of officials taking bribes in China," one Sina Weibo user commented.

The Southern Metropolis Daily report cited local media that claimed the footage was taken at the new, up-market residential compound where Wu lived and that the two visitors captured by the camera have been identified as staff members of the station.

It was not the first time that mainland internet users have gone online to expose alleged graft by officials. In August, five senior court officials including three judges were filmed in Shanghai taking prostitutes to a nightclub after dining with a contractor. The video was published online and the judges and one court official were sacked.