Dozens of 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.
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 – some who speak little English – could not stand up to this coercion and 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.