Petition about Benefits Street on Channel 4

Petition by Arshad Mahmood:

Channel 4 (@Channel4): Stop broadcasting Benefits Street and make a donation to a relevant charity for the harm caused

On Monday Channel 4 broadcast a programme called Benefits Street. The program tried to show that 90% of people living on the street are on benefits of some sort. Within minutes people took to Facebook and Twitter with comments like “I’d go down this street with a baseball bat”.

Having lived in Birmingham, not far from where the program was made, I can honestly say this show is not representative of people in the area.

Benefits Street has portrayed people on benefits as scroungers and it’s wrong. I have worked for 23 years but after major surgery am now unable to work and receive some benefits. The backlash and abuse of social networks towards people on benefits as a result of this show has shocked me.

Channel 4 should not broadcast any further episodes of the program — it is creating a skewed image of a section of society and stirring up hatred. This is not a responsible approach from a public service broadcaster.

The series is set to run for four more episodes. Please support me in calling on Channel 4 to stop any further episodes of this horrible program being broadcast and make a donation to a relevant charity for the harm done.

See more at:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/channel-4-channel4-stop-broadcasting-benefits-street-and-make-a-donation-to-a-relevant-charity-for-the-harm-caused?share_id=nmviJziRkr&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

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