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VIDEO: Chinese Talk Show Interviews Prisoners Before Execution

In China, a person can be sentenced to death for crimes ranging from theft, to drug offenses, to murder. Shooting has traditionally been the most common method, although lethal injection quickly becoming more prevalent. The number of executions that take place remains a state secret, but Amnesty International estimated that 5,000 people were executed in China in 2009, a number that far surpasses the execution rates of all other nations. In a show that aired weekly on the Henan Legal Channel for six years, host Ding Yu conducted interviews with condemned criminals preparing to be executed for murder. Below is a segment from BBC’s This World focusing on the Chinese show, titled simply Interviews Before Execution. 

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