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China's new hit TV show: Death row interviews
Daily Mail Online ^ | 3-4-12 | HAZEL KNOWLES

Posted on 03/04/2012 12:25:46 PM PST by jmc813

With her silk scarves and immaculate make-up, Ding Yu looks every inch the modern television presenter. Indeed, for the past five years she has hosted a hugely successful prime-time show in China which has a devoted following of 40 million viewers every Saturday night.

But while in Britain the weekend evening entertainment will be The X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing, Ms Ding’s show features harrowing – some would say voyeuristic – footage of prisoners confessing their crimes and begging forgiveness before being led away to their executions. The scenes are recorded sometimes minutes before the prisoners are put to death, or in other cases when only days of their life remain.

The glamorous Ms Ding conducts face-to-face interviews with the prisoners, who have often committed especially gruesome crimes. Her subjects sit in handcuffs and leg chains, guarded by warders. She warms up with anodyne questions about favourite films or music, but then hectors the prisoners about the violent details of their crimes and eventually wrings apologies out of them.

She promises to relay final messages to family members, who are usually not allowed to visit them on death row. The cameras keep rolling as the condemned say a farewell message and are led away to be killed by firing squad or lethal injection.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: china

1 posted on 03/04/2012 12:25:55 PM PST by jmc813
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To: jmc813

Ain’t communism grand?


2 posted on 03/04/2012 12:28:04 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: advance_copy
Ain’t communism grand?

So I guess you're against capital punishment. Either that or you're a Communist.
3 posted on 03/04/2012 12:36:47 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: Cheburashka; advance_copy

There’s a big difference between supporting capital punishment as a tool of justice & supporting capital punishment as fodder for trash TV entertainment shows.


4 posted on 03/04/2012 12:41:45 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: advance_copy

You are aware that the PRC is not communist in philosophy any more, aren’t you? Or are you stuck in the 1950s?


5 posted on 03/04/2012 12:44:19 PM PST by PAR35
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To: jmc813

I think I’ll pop some corn and wait for the seriously misguided come and defend this practice.


6 posted on 03/04/2012 12:54:12 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: jmc813

WOW!

On American “Reality” shows people act like sluts (can I say that here?) and are glamorized for their behavior.

In China they get put to death.

That’s a tough crowd!


7 posted on 03/04/2012 12:54:33 PM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 17,138 replies of dubious quality!)
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To: Cheburashka
So I guess you're against capital punishment. Either that or you're a Communist.

Did you read the whole article? And are you aware of the types of offenses China will use capital punishment for? Here's a small excerpt. Disgusting stuff.

In one scene, a prisoner in his 20s falls to his knees before his parents, who have been allowed to see him. He pleads: ‘Father, I was wrong. I’m sorry.’ Moments later, his parents see him about to be led away to his death. His distraught mother apologises for beating him once as a child and implores her son: ‘Go peacefully. It’s following government’s orders.’ Prison officers then push her aside and drag him away.

8 posted on 03/04/2012 12:55:28 PM PST by jmc813
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To: jmc813

“Bao Rongting, an openly gay man who was condemned to death for murdering his mother and then violating her dead body.”

“Sum Ting Wong?” Ding Yu


9 posted on 03/04/2012 1:09:31 PM PST by tumblindice (It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error.)
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To: PAR35
You are aware that the PRC is not communist in philosophy any more, aren’t you? Or are you stuck in the 1950s?

Hey, don't leave us hanging. Tell us what their current philosophy is.

10 posted on 03/04/2012 1:20:52 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: jmc813

WHat an evil country


11 posted on 03/04/2012 1:22:56 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: jmc813

Life is meaningless in a communist state. You just exist to serve the system.


12 posted on 03/04/2012 2:01:28 PM PST by Red6
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
There’s a big difference between supporting capital punishment as a tool of justice & supporting capital punishment as fodder for trash TV entertainment shows.

Showing the consequences of evil is not trash TV, it is education. In our society we try hard to hide (and hide from) consequences. Which is why our society is corkscrewing to the ground, as we try to ignore consequences.

Trash TV is Survivor and Celebrity Apprentice.

13 posted on 03/04/2012 2:10:29 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: jmc813
And are you aware of the types of offenses China will use capital punishment for?

From the article:

She told a child killer: ‘Everyone should hate you.


Right, I'm sure you disagree with that.

Her interviewees also included a jealous divorcé who stabbed his ex-wife in front of her parents.


I'm supposed to feel sorry for this thug? Sorry, no can do.
14 posted on 03/04/2012 2:20:25 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: Cheburashka
Showing the consequences of evil is not trash TV, it is education.

I disagree. It is a hit show because the Chinese see this as perverse entertainment which trivializes life. They, and we are already aware that capital punishment exists. What more education is needed?

15 posted on 03/04/2012 2:24:34 PM PST by jmc813
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To: jmc813
I disagree. It is a hit show because the Chinese see this as perverse entertainment which trivializes life. They, and we are already aware that capital punishment exists. What more education is needed?

Education that says: These people committed these crimes. They are now being punished for the crimes they committed. Any of them bear any resemblance to to you? Any strike a chord in you? Then clean up your act accordingly so you don't wind up where they are. A lot of criminals and potential criminals out there watching TV.

And anyone who's afraid to see what society does to its criminals, which it does in your name I might note (and everybody else’s name, including mine) then that person is just a coward.

16 posted on 03/04/2012 2:44:28 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: aimhigh

Fascist.


17 posted on 03/04/2012 2:46:32 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Cheburashka
And anyone who's afraid to see what society does to its criminals, which it does in your name I might note (and everybody else’s name, including mine) then that person is just a coward.

Would you be in favor of bringing back public hangings to the US? I wouldn't. I think that our society has advanced beyond that. As I've already mentioned, everyone is aware of the consequences of capital punishment in the states where it is used. A show like this would not make a difference if a psycho is that hell bent on going out and murdering someone.

18 posted on 03/04/2012 2:52:40 PM PST by jmc813
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To: jmc813

The ID Channel just announced a similar program “on death row” which will be airing soon. Bragged about an award winning director. showed a few shots of inmates. sounds very similar to the Chinese one.


19 posted on 03/04/2012 3:41:38 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: jmc813
Would you be in favor of bringing back public hangings to the US?

Yep.

A show like this would not make a difference if a psycho is that hell bent on going out and murdering someone.


Insane people can't be be taught, it's part of being insane. It's the ones who are not insane who can be taught. Unless you believe anyone who commits murder is insane, in which case I'm wasting my time talking to you. Because you believe nonsense.
20 posted on 03/04/2012 4:14:49 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: jmc813

This is nothing new. Mumia has been giving interviews on NPR longer than Gunsmoke was on the air.


21 posted on 03/04/2012 4:17:51 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Cheburashka
So I guess you're against capital punishment. Either that or you're a Communist.

So I guess you're totally in support of a communist country's alleged "legal" system and their frequent method of justice without real due process of the law......

So what's that make YOU?

22 posted on 03/04/2012 4:20:05 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Cheburashka
Unless you believe anyone who commits murder is insane

That's exactly what I believe. It's apparent we're not going to find common ground on this, but I do thank you for the civil debate on this.

23 posted on 03/04/2012 4:32:50 PM PST by jmc813
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To: Hot Tabasco

So, in your little world Communist countries don’t have any criminals who deserve to be punished? Watch out if Obama wins reelection.

Unlike you, I am aware that every society has criminals, and being a murderous thief in a Communist country doesn’t mean you you should get a free pass. Apparently you are willing to give, oh say, child molesters a free pass if they are in a Communist Country.


24 posted on 03/04/2012 4:35:19 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: jmc813

If it can be a money making proposition I might change my position on the death penalty.


25 posted on 03/04/2012 5:01:43 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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