Deportation is not entertainment! Cancel the reality show Border Security
  • Petitioned John Ritchie

This petition was delivered to:

Owner, Force Four Entertainment
John Ritchie
Shaw Media
National Geographic Channel
Owner, Force Four Entertainment
Rob Bromley
Ministry of Public Safety, Government of Canada
Hon. Minister Vic Toews
Senior Content Vice President, Shaw Media
Barbara Williams
President, Shaw Media
Paul Robertson
Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Shaw Media
Deb Avis
Chief Information Officer & Privacy Officer, Shaw Media
Zoran Stakic
Senior Vice President, Shaw Media
Troy Reeb
President, Canadian Border Services Agency
Luc Portelance

Deportation is not entertainment! Cancel the reality show Border Security

    1. Petition by

      No One Is Illegal (Coast Salish Territories - Vancouver)

Yesterday, numerous people were interrogated, arrested, and detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency. One of them was my husband.  Shockingly, some of these traumatic experiences were filmed for a reality TV show "Border Security" which airs on National Geographic Channel.  

Armed CBSA officers stormed a construction site in Vancouver, interrogated and handcuffed migrant and undocumented workers before carting them off, including in unmarked black SUVs. Most of these people are now being held for deportation even though some of them were in the midst of making various immigration, refugee, and sponsorship claims.

While intimidated and in custody, they were given consent forms to sign so their footage could be aired on TV. My husband refused to sign these forms because he recognized it was wrong, but other people who he is being detained with signed under duress. National Geographic claims to be "inspiring people to care about the planet" but with this show they are simply profiting off of human suffering and degradation.

The responsibility for this show falls on National Geographic Channel (owned by Shaw Media in Canada), Force Four Entertainment, and the Canadian Border Services Agency, which takes its orders from Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

We are urging National Geographic Channel and Force Four Entertainment (the show’s production company), to cancel the show "Border Security" immediately, and for the Canadian Border Services Agency to stop participating in this program and conducting violent deportations.

My husband Renan was one day from completing his immigration sponsorship forms. We married in November and Renan still had final sponsorship documents to submit. He was supporting family in Honduras, as well as my own daughter Aaliyah. Our family’s suffering is a private matter, and should not be broadcast as entertainment.

My husband has been caught in a systemic problem— he had to work in order to support us and for the sponsorship application to be looked upon favourably, but a work permit wasn’t yet granted.  He will be deported to Honduras within a week where he fears for his life.

Deportation, exploiting human suffering, coercing migrant workers, and tearing apart families is not entertainment. 


The first season of "Border Security" is already airing on National Geographic. By running this deceptive and exploitative show, National Geographic is complacent in the victimization of people who are living, working and building community with their families and loved ones.

By signing this petition, we are sending a message that deportation for the sake of entertainment is unacceptable.

To:
John Ritchie, Owner, Force Four Entertainment
National Geographic Channel, Shaw Media
Rob Bromley, Owner, Force Four Entertainment
Hon. Minister Vic Toews, Ministry of Public Safety, Government of Canada
Barbara Williams, Senior Content Vice President, Shaw Media
Paul Robertson, President, Shaw Media
Deb Avis, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Shaw Media
Zoran Stakic, Chief Information Officer & Privacy Officer, Shaw Media
Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President, Shaw Media
Luc Portelance, President, Canadian Border Services Agency
We are urging National Geographic Channel and Force Four Entertainment, to cancel the show "Border Security" immediately, and for the Canadian Border Services Agency to stop participating in this program and conducting violent deportations.

Deportation, exploiting human suffering, coercing migrant workers, and tearing apart families is not entertainment.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
    2. Government won't reveal cost to taxpayers of reality TV show Read more: ht

      http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Government+wont+reveal+cost+taxpayers+reality+show/8118450/story.html

      Public Safety Minister Vic Toews refused Monday to spell out how much it's costing federal taxpayers to have Canada's border guards participate in a B.C.-based reality TV show...

    3. Reached 15,000 signatures
    4. Reached 8,000 signatures
    5. Public Safety minister personally approved Border Security reality show

      http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Public+Safety+minister+personally+approved+Border+Security+reality+show/8112338/story.html

      Public Safety Minister Vic Toews personally signed off on the production of a reality TV show featuring the Canada Border Services Agency, according to government documents obtained by a Vancouver woman through a freedom of information request....

    6. Reached 7,500 signatures

    Supporters

    @brigettedepape

    Mar 19, 2013

    Can you take a moment to sign this petition? Deportation is not entertainment. https://t.co/qrqg3Em4tJ

    Brigette
    487 followers

    @NaomiAKlein

    Mar 15, 2013

    Petition against filming deportation raids for entertainment: https://t.co/sxCJE8gLGF … @ForceFourEnt

    Naomi Klein
    172k followers

    @SarahEPolley

    Mar 15, 2013

    This is a really awful example of reality TV. So many of these shows hurt people. Let's start speaking up. https://t.co/bNM7rTuNyG

    Sarah E. Polley
    19.3k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Tiffany Ren RICHMOND, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      This is horrible. Never going to do anything with National Geographic again.

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    • PERES Claude PALAISEAU, FRANCE
      • 8 months ago

      inaceptable. I tought better of N G

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    • Alan Annenkov TORONTO, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      I believe a better approach to this issue would be to have them display actors and not regular people in their show. National Geographic should also use the show to raise awareness, not for entertainment purposes.

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    • Myles Smith ORO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      because it's retarded

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    • Daniel Mendillo MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      tfw thats wrong

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