Controversy in China as state TV broadcasts live execution coverage

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On Friday, the state-run China Central Television broadcast a two-hour execution special covering the final moments of four drug traffickers convicted of murder. The incident has sparked wide debate across China and beyond, reports the LA Times, with some questioning the legality of the broadcast. “This carnival on CCTV was a violation not only of ethics, but of the criminal code regulations that the death penalty not be carried out in public,” argued activist human rights lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan. However, the actual moments of execution — by lethal injection — were not shown.

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