Sky condemned for suicide screening

Sky’s decision to broadcast a documentary showing the final moments of a mans assisted suicide in a Swiss euthanasia clinic has drawn fire from anti-euthanasia groups and Britain’s TV watchdog.

Sky’s Real Lives channel will air the controversial documentary at 9:00pm on Wednesday the 10th of December in the hope that Craig Ewert’s exceptional courage would stimulate debate about euthanasia.

Ewert, a sufferer of motor neurone disease, died 45 minutes after swallowing a lethal dose of sedatives and using a mouth-operated switch to turn off his ventilator at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich on September 26, 2006. His wife Mary was at his side during the emotional farewell.

£3,000 was paid to the Swiss clinic which is the only place someone seeking assisted suicide can be legally helped to die, no matter where they are from or what state of health they are in.

Right to Die? was directed by Oscar-winning Canadian director John Zaritsky who spent 12 months with Dignitas and follows intimate, compelling and controversial stories of four lives and one death.

Right to Die? premieres on Sky Real Lives and Sky Real Lives HD on Wednesday, December 10th 2008.

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