The Chinese Government have recently been throwing their weight around in the TV programming schedules, cancelling any "low-brow" entertainment shows which were proving too popular (Chinese X-factor was pulled mid-series), banning foreign imports in prime-time viewing (mostly Korean and Hong Kong shows anyway) and insisting on more uplifting and harmonious themes. They say it is to improve the morals of their citizens, though others suggest it is more to do with controlling the news and increasing patriotism in this year of significant leadership changes. One programme which is thriving though, is "Interviews before Execution". Prisoners about to get shot get a final opportunity to tell the public where they went wrong and encourage them to be model citizens. But unlike X-factor there's no "voting off" the worst (or best) criminals. Shame!
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