An execution parade on TV is making international headlines this weekend, as the Guardian UK reported this Friday, March 1, that China is split on the broadcast of four prisoners being sent to their deaths as either justice or cruelty.
The original news headline read this week: “China divided on TV 'execution parade': judicial resolve or crude voyeurism” as some Chinese officials and the public at large are at ends over whether the televised movement of four foreign prisoners sentenced to death for the murder of Chinese sailors is lawful or not.
Naw Kham was one such prisoner. "I haven't been able to sleep for two days. I have been thinking too much. I miss my mom. I don't want my children to be like me," the 44-year-old Burmese druglord said in a Chinese TV interview while chained to a chair.
This Friday, the Burmese pirate was executed for being charged with the murder of Chinese sailors back in Oct. of 2011. His last moments, including the execution parade on TV, were all broadcast across national television.
In the televised showing, police officers brought Kham from his detention hold in China to the execution site, where he and three of his men were killed by lethal injection. The actual deaths, however, were not done on camera.
Public response in China to the execution parade of sorts has been mixed. Some have voiced it as a government showing of resolve and justice, while others have viewed it as a wrongful making of someone’s final moments in life as a lesson for others.
Experts also report that the broadcast was meant to be ambiguous and leave a powerful message and effect on viewers.