Zhu Ruifeng

China cracks down on independent news websites

Li Xinde, one of China's small band of internet investigative journalists, in Beijing in 2006. Photo: Reuters

More than 100 privately-run news websites have been shut down in China since May in what the government calls a move against extortionists, but what critics say is a campaign against citizen journalists.

Thursday, 1 August, 2013, 2:05pm 1 comment

A bad week for …, February 3, 2013

Zhu Ruifeng

Zhu Ruifeng

3 Feb 2013 - 6:43am

Woman in Chongqing sex-tapes scandal charged with extortion

Zhu Ruifeng talks to the press after leaving the police station in Beijing. He said he had more incriminating material. Photo: Simon Song

The woman at the centre of a sex scandal that has been the downfall of 11 officials has been arrested and charged with extortion, according to her lawyer.

Zhao Hongxia was detained in November after screen shots from a video showing her having sex with Chongqing district-level party official Lei Zhengfu were posted online, Zhang Zhiyong said.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Whistle-blower implicates Chongqing company boss in sex tape

Zhu Ruifeng. Photo: Simon Song

The man who blew the whistle on a sex scandal that toppled 11 officials in Chongqing says he has new evidence incriminating a top official at a state-owned enterprise in the southwestern municipality and will release it online after verification.

31 Jan 2013 - 7:16am

Police pressure sex-tape whistle-blower in corruption scandal

Zhu Ruifeng talks to the press after leaving the police station in Beijing. He said he had more incriminating material. Photo: Simon Song

A whistle-blower who holds sex tapes of senior officials was interrogated by Chongqing police for about seven hours in Beijing yesterday after he said more incriminating items could be released.

It was the latest development in a scandal that has cost 11 Chongqing officials their jobs for allegedly appearing in secretly filmed sex videos.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:12am 6 comments

Police visit home of Chongqing sex tape whistle-blower

Whistle-blower Zhu Ruifeng speaks to reporters after being questioned by police for a whole day in Beijing on January 28. Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

Zhu Ruifeng, the whistle-blower in the Chongqing sex tape scandal, said on his weibo on Sunday that police had harassed him at his Beijing home and that he feared for his safety.

28 Jan 2013 - 6:26pm