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Qatar 2022: Security guards harass TV team at the World Cup

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I have been working in the news industry for over 6 years, first as a reporter and now as an editor. I have covered politics extensively, and my work has appeared in major newspapers and online news outlets around the world. In addition to my writing, I also contribute regularly to 24 Hours World.
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Shortly before the start of the soccer World Cup, there was an incident between security guards and a TV team in Qatar. Despite permission to film, security forces prevented Danish journalists from working.

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A Danish television crew has been harassed by local security forces while working in Qatar. Among other things, the men threatened to destroy the TV2 team’s camera. The World Cup organizers have meanwhile apologized to the broadcaster and the local team.

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During a live report by journalist Rasmus Tantholdt, security guards appeared and tried to obstruct the shoot, even though the team had valid accreditations and a permit. In the video, the journalist can be heard saying, “They invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film here? It’s a public place.” Tantholdt further said: “You can break the camera, do you want to break it? Are you threatening us by smashing the camera?”

Qatar apologizes to TV crew

The World Cup organizers confirmed the incident but only spoke of an interruption. A statement said: “The tournament organizers are aware of an incident where a Danish broadcast crew was accidentally cut off during a live broadcast in one of Qatar’s tourist destinations. After inspecting the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permission, an apology was issued by security .”

Source: Stern

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