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By Erik Crouch
Zhu Ruifeng made headlines in November, after releasing a leaked sex tape that nuked the career of troll-like Chongqing bureaucrat Lei Zhengfu. An active “citizen journalist,” Zhu has made a name for himself as a muckraker: his “People’s Supervision Network” has been responsible for the downfall of 38 corrupt officials since launching in 2006. Zhu promises that more scandals will soon be exposed, but only if government authorities allow him to remain active in the legal gray-area of citizen journalism.
Authorities haven’t yet been able to stop him, but Zhu hasn’t escaped unscathed. He has already divorced his wife—rather than subject her to harassment by government officials—and his online interviews and Weibo posts are frequently subject to censorship. Despite operating somewhat outside of the law, Zhu isn’t a dissident; he credits Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption rhetoric as inspiring his hunt against official abuses of power. Zhu says, “The only thing I want to do is to reveal the dark secrets.”