2014年1月4日雅思独立写作范文：In some countries, the criminal trials are shown on the TV and the general public can watch them. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Whether criminal trials should be shown on TV or not has always been acontroversial(有争议的)issue. After discussing the advantages of this practice and its disadvantages, I come to believe televising criminal trials is a good thing as long as its negative effects are brought well under control.
Showing criminal trials on TV can serve multiple(多种的) purposes at the same time such as educational, deterrent(威慑的)and regulatory. When watching how criminals are tried and sentenced, TV viewers will learn a great deal about the law and the legal system. In fact, it was from a televised trial that I finally understood it is a violation of law if you do not stop your car when you see a stop sign. Meanwhile, TV trials can help bring down(降低)the crime rate. People are fearful of their faces shown on TV after they commit crimes because it is generally considered to be a disgrace to the family. Finally, aware that they are watched by the general public, the lawyers and judges will have to make sure that the law is followed strictly and the justice is done to the highest standards.
Admittedly, TV trials, particularly the live shows, may bring about negative effects as well. Often the TV trials will present a lot of details of the criminal offenses such as killing, embezzling, cheating, so much so that they become a promotion of these crimes. As a matter of fact, many juvenile offenders(青少年罪犯)admit they have been under great influences of TV criminal shows. More importantly, in TV criminal trials, lawyers and judges may often pay more attention to their own personal images to the TV viewers, thus forgetting the real purpose of the trial, which is to find if a person is guilty or innocent and in this way, the justice may be sacrificed.
However, I personally do like the idea of putting criminal trials on TV. Besides telling us right from wrong in a more vivid way and preventing us from committing crimes, TV trials will let us know how the punishment is meted out(给出)and how justice is done. This, I believe, is what our basic civil right is all about.