Skip to comments.China TV Kills Live Execution Plans at Last Minute [Drug smuggling murderers]
Posted on 03/01/2013 9:02:03 AM PST by Red Badger
(BEIJING) -- Chinas state-run broadcaster, CCTV, made a grisly announcement this week. It planned to live broadcast the execution of a Burmese drug lord and three of his henchmen for massacring 13 Chinese crewmen aboard a ship on the Mekong River.
The murders had enraged China and the broadcast was initially greeted enthusiastically. The two-hour show, which aired on Friday, had all the elements of a sweeps week production, but as the program neared its close, the station abruptly changed plans and did not show the execution.
CCTV did not say why it altered its programming, but while the show was running, China News Week started a poll on Weibo, Chinas version of Twitter. It asked whether people thought the live broadcast was right or wrong.
Initially, the majority of people supported it. But as the program began, that balance shifted until the firm majority were against CCTVs decision. Within two hours of the execution, the poll was no longer accessible.
Chinese media identified the executed men as Naw Kham, a notorious drug lord who operated in the Golden Triangle area, along with Hsang Kham, Yi Lai and Zha Xika.
In October 2011, the group ambushed a Chinese cargo ship and killed 13 crew members. Kham was known to be the leader of the group. There was widespread fury in China and Chinese authorities launched a manhunt for his capture.
The South China Morning Post reported the Chinese government even considered sending an attack drone into Myanmar air space to locate Kham.
This week, CCTV announced the two-hour special that would feature live reports from the location where the men would be killed by lethal injection in Kumming, Yunnan Province. Initial reaction in China to the announcement was mixed.
As the show began at 1:30 p.m., a CCTV anchor, the police chief from Yunnan Province and a professor from Renmin University discussed the crime at length.
Viewers saw each man brought out of prison escorted by four armed guards. They were met with a large number of jostling photographers and cameramen from national media organizations. Their handcuffs were removed and their hands were bound behind them with rope.
The last viewers saw of the prisoners was them being loaded on to separate vehicles headed for the site of the execution.
Probably reconsidered since one day in the future many of these “authorities” might also be brought before the cameras for execution.
China has a billion more people than the US does.
Yet the US has a billion more drug crimes than the US.
Seems to me the US has no business being sanctimonius about how China deals with its drug problems.
They seem to have the right approach.
Two hours? I'll bet Texas could pull off four excutions in less than twenty minutes.
Gotta get the ad revenue............
Well, his kidneys and corneas will carry on.
This story is about how China deals with its murder problem: "the execution of a Burmese drug lord and three of his henchmen for massacring 13 Chinese crewmen aboard a ship on the Mekong River."
Sorry you've been spanked off all the drug policy threads.
They’ll probably go with pay per view. More money that way...
Maybe it would not be so bad to show a few public executions of convicted criminals. We seem to glorify killing, dismemberment in films so why not a little reality for the punks in waiting to see what may be in store for them?
Seems all the touchy-feely, I was abused, I was a victim, I am not responsibly for my actions, crap that the liberals have injected into our criminal law system are not working well, so lets try some REALITY.
Monthly televised executions sponsored by the same morons who give us WWE, MMA garbage could support an entire new cable network.
The season finale could be an execution for some elected official CONVICTED of Treason. Bet you that would exceed the ratings for the Super Bowl. I’d be willing to bet a lottery could be run to win the right to pull the switch.
Note in the summary after the photo that the time between the crime AND THE EXECUTION WAS THREE YEARS..........
Florida was quicker than that in the 1933 case of Giuseppe Zangara. Only 33 days elapsed between trigger pull and button push.
I have the gun in my hand. I kill kings and presidents first and next all capitalists.
The execution was not in public, however.
SOUNDS LIKE AN EARLY OCCUPY WALL STREETER..........
Seeing as the country was not falling apart when we had public executions there would seem to be no reason for not bringing them back.
I still think the season finale of an execution for a public official convicted of treason would be a message EVERYONE needs to see. We could have a FreeRepublic Food Truck on site.
They'd have faced the same penalty here for their crimes. It would've just taken a little longer.
It’s ironic in the extreme that we stopped doing public executions because it was considered to be barbaric and violent. If only they could have seen our society today..............