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People Are Calling For ‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away’ To Be Taken Off Air

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People Are Calling For ‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away’ To Be Taken Off Air

People are calling for 'poverty porn' TV shows such as Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away to be taken off air.

Earlier this week it was announced that Channel 5's Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away was ordered to pay £20,000 in damages after it showed couple Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam being evicted on TV.

After news of the ruling broke, many people flocked to social media to condemn shows like Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away calling them 'exploitative' and accusing them of profiting from vulnerable people:

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The couple took Channel 5 to court where their lawyers argued that the production had taken it too far in their quest to get some interesting telly. With Mr Ali saying he did not give consent for the footage to be shown.

He said the episode had "showed them at their lowest ebb.... in a state of shock and very distressed... [and] caused them significant loss of dignity".

Lawyers for the production company argued that showing such subjects was in the public interest, but, ultimately the judge, Mr Justice Arnold, sided with the complainants.

Summing up, he said: "The focus of the programme was not upon the matters of public interest, but upon the drama of the conflict.

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Credit: Channel 5
Credit: Channel 5

"The programme did contribute to a debate of general interest, but I consider the inclusion of the claimants' private information went beyond what was justified for that purpose."

Following the ruling, Channel 5 issued a statement to say it welcomed the judges decision, which recognised the show was 'made in good faith and in the public interest'.

A spokesperson told the BBC the case only related to a 'segment involving the Ali family and not the series in general'.

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Source: BBC

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Claire Reid
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