Chongqing. Image credit: Wikipedia.
“In the past, I was at my happiest when they threatened me and blocked my website,” said Mr Zhu.
“Because then I know my reports have attacked their hearts, and my reports are genuine.”
According to the BBC, Zhu is preparing to release four more videos, all depicting other Chongqing officials having sex with much younger women. The videos, including the one that brought down Lei Zhengfu, were allegedly shot as part of a blackmail plot by a property developer in Chongqing.
The developer recruited attractive, young women between the ages of 18 and 20, paying them 300 yuan ($48, £30) each time the girls secretly recorded themselves having sex with prominent Chongqing officials.
If the girls failed to get a clear view of the officials’ faces on camera, they would be forced to record more sex acts until the developer had the material he needed to blackmail the city’s bigwigs into giving him better deals.
Zhu told the BBC that the scheme only targeted high-ranking officials:
“My source told me the developers will only target officials who have real power over construction projects. They needed to invest money and time to train these pretty girls.”
The reporter hopes his exposés will force the central government’s hand into ordering an investigation into corruption:
“Some people think the Party’s attempt to deal with its own corruption problems is like beating your right arm with your left arm,” Mr Zhu said.
“In our system, anti-corruption measures have to involve the participation of the people. You cannot do it behind closed-doors using illegal procedures.”
Zhu, who runs an anti-corruption website, is surprised at the lack of fallout he has experienced personally from the Chongqing scandal.
“Maybe our new generation of leaders is really determined to fight corruption,” he said. “Maybe the sky is really changing.”