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RCMP suspends production of reality TV show

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) wave to the crowd as they participate in the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal, Monday, July 1, 2013.

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The RCMP says it has put production of a reality TV show documenting the work of the force in Canada's North on hold, after concerns were raised about the project.

U.S.-based production company True Entertainment is in the Yukon working on the program, which has already drawn the ire of community groups who are worried about the privacy of people filmed on the program and how it will portray the area.

Earlier this month, a spokesman for the RCMP was publicly defending the show, but the force now says production has been put on hold while it considers the concerns.

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Media reports have cited witnesses who saw an arrest of a First Nations woman, which occurred under the watch of TV cameras.

The RCMP says it is discussing the concerns with the production company, and in the meantime there will be no more filming.

Similar concerns have been raised about the reality TV show Border Security, which follows the work of the Canada Border Services Agency, but the agency has defended the show and it is now in its second season of filming.

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