Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

China's confession TV

What better way to publicize your anti-corruption campaign than to put the miscreants on TV, confessing to their crimes. Remember that in an inquisitorial judicial system, like China's, confessions are often crucial to convictions.

China officials confess to corruption in new TV series
A new television series showing corrupt Chinese officials making confessions has proved a hit, officials say.

More than 10 disgraced figures will appear over eight episodes of "Always on the Road" - a reference to the government's wide-ranging crackdown on corruption in the Communist Party.

The first episode featured weeping, repentant men and the controversial burial of a tortoise…

"People everywhere are talking about 'Always on the Road,'" the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which investigates corruption and made the film with China Central Television, said in a statement…

Zhou Benshun
Three of the so-called "tigers" accused of taking bribes and abusing power appear in the first episode of the documentary: Bai Enpei, a former party boss who received a life sentence, Zhou Benshun, an ex-party chief awaiting trial, and Li Chuncheng, a former deputy party boss sentenced to 13 years in jail.

The story of Zhou went beyond simple corruption, revealing the former official had buried his tortoise with religious scrolls - despite this being against the law for party officials…

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