China’s Death-Row Reality Show:

“Until it was taken off the air last December, one of the most popular television programs in China’s Henan province, which has a population of 100 million, was “Interviews Before Execution.” The presenter was Ding Yu, a pretty young woman, always carefully dressed with colorful scarves and blouses; in each episode, she would interview on camera a condemned murderer who was about to face a firing squad or a lethal injection….” New York Review of Books, March 2012.

This fascinating article at the New York Review of Books continues in full at: executionshOw@NYRevBks

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