Channel 5 ordered to pay £20,000 damages to evicted couple

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Channel 5 ordered to pay £20,000 damages to evicted couple

Postby Dolphin » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:55 am

Channel 5 has been ordered to pay a couple £10,000 each for the distress of broadcasting them being evicted.

Shakar Ali and his wife Shahida Aslam, from Barking, east London, were filmed by Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away after they fell into arrears on rent.

Mr Ali did not give consent for the footage to be used on TV, but it was not only shown but repeated 35 times.

The High Court ruled the couple's privacy outweighed Channel 5's right to freedom of expression.

Mr Justice Arnold awarded the damages for distress caused in the filming and misuse of the couple's private information.

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