The Heinrich Böll foundation has published this article on the forced confessions in Syrian state Tv.

Forced confessions on TV: A Syrian Drama
by Haid Haid

“The Syrian state television began several years before the Revolution to broadcast “confessions” convicted criminal on television.

Most Syrians can still remember “The police in the service of the people,” a television program that turned out the performance of the police in the arrest of criminals and thieves. Once aired the week, the show gave the audience the Syrian public, ​​is merely not to go into difficulties since the Syrian security forces would come to them on the ropes anyway.

Not to mention how the multi-talented moderator, Alaa al-Din al-Ayoubi, would be drawn on national television. In general, the program began with the moderator a brief overview of the case provided, according to which, or the criminals went into the details of the committed act. The day ended with a short interview with the chief of police or prosecutor, to thank him for his work and the opportunity to offer him to advise viewers how they could protect themselves. The show served as a rich source for Syrians scorn: The mustache of the moderator and his demeanor showed clearly to his unfulfilled career aspirations as a police officer.

Spectators mocked the fact that criminals formally appealed to him as “sir,” as if he were really one. In addition, all confessions followed the same script: What did you spend your loot? For my own pleasure, sir. And did you have to steal? Not at all, sir. Why so you’ve done it? The Devil and bad friends, good sir. Do you regret it now? In any case, my dear sir, I am very sorry. What do you want to say to the audience? I would advise them to stay away from the path that I have chosen, my dear sir. It was so predictable that parts of the interview were quoted in everyday conversations, to provide laughter or amusement.”

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April 14th, 2014, 5:38 am from Syria Comment

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