Just Punishment is a door into private pain. The TV documentary was intended to help Australian Vietnamese Van Nguyen escape the Singapore death penalty for attempting to import almost half a kilo of heroin into Australia. No broadcaster would air it before Van’s death. It still riles me.
The edit was built from the two years of coverage and shifted as Van’s friends became active in trying to draw attention to their friend’s plight. The media became a device when they finally focussed on Van’s predicament while Van’s voice is heard through his diary excerpts as he watches time move closer to the inevitable.
Drugs are a divisive topic. The Australian general public proved that. But this never about what Van going unpunished for his crime but that the death penalty can never be justified. It not only ends the life of the convicted but affects the family and friends for the rest of their days.