Chinese Show Interviews Death Row Inmates

According to ABC News, there is a government-approved television show in China that looks into the final thoughts of inmates on death row.

“Interviews Before Death” is a series hosted by a popular young journalist, Ding Yu. The government approved the show because they hoped that it would deter crime; however, the show has only become a hit sensation, attracting approximately 40 million viewers, according to the article.

Ding Yu talks to inmates on death row hours or days before their life ends about life in prison as well as the details of the crime that put them there. Nearly half of the interviewees are women and many are mothers.

In China, there are 55 crimes that carry the death penalty. Amnesty International believes China is the worst country in carrying out the death penalty, according to the article.

PBS International and BBC2 will be airing documentaries that go behind the scenes of filming and production of the show.

“The BBC2′s“The Execution Factor”  will air Monday night and “Dead Men Talking” will be broadcast by PBS International.  The latter was produced by the Chinese production company LIC,” according to the article.

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The Execution Factor: It was designed as propaganda to deter would-be criminals. Instead interviews on death row have become China’s new TV hit


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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  1. Pingback: UPDATE: Chinese Show Interviewing Death Row Inmates Cancelled | haleybehre

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