Live on TV: Security forces in Qatar threaten Danish camera crew
There is once again an uproar about the World Cup in Qatar. The camera team was prevented from filming during a live broadcast by TV 2 Denmark. Security forces covered the camera’s lens and threatened to destroy it.
Reporter Rasmus Tantholdt showed his accreditation and pointed out to Qatari security forces that he could shoot anywhere. “They invited the whole world here. Why can’t we film? It’s a public place,” he asked angrily.
“You can destroy the camera. Do you want to destroy it? Then go ahead. You threaten us that you will destroy the camera,” Tantholdt continued.
Tantholdt was later switched to the Norwegian broadcaster NRK. There he reported that the Qatari office for international media and also the Supreme Court apologized to him.
“I don’t think the message from upstairs in Qatar reached all the security officials, so it can be argued that some misunderstood the situation, but at the same time it says a lot about how things are in Qatar,” the Danish reporter said . “The fact is that if you report as a free medium, you can be attacked and threatened. This is not a free and democratic country,” he concluded.
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