Copenhagen, Denmark (Associated Press)-The Danish Journalist Union urges all Danish journalists not to go to Qatar to cover next year’s World Cup, saying that this Arab country is not credible.
“I don’t trust Qatar,” said Allan Boye Thulstrup, the deputy leader of the union. ,” he added in a speech to the industry magazine Journalisten on Wednesday.
“Qatar first promised that the press can work unhindered, and then it is useless for them to arrest journalists,” Boyi Turstrup said. His union has more than 18,000 members.
The statement was a response to the detention of two journalists from Norway by the Qatari security forces and deleted the footage they had collected in the immigration labor camp as they tried to report on workers’ issues before the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Qatar government accused the two journalists of “breaking into private property and filming without permission” when they returned to Norway on Wednesday. They argued that they got verbal permission from the people they filmed there. Their equipment was confiscated.
“Now the Qatari authorities know what is on the reporter’s equipment,” Boyturstrup was quoted as saying. “If (journalists) have contacted sources that are vital to the government… then this is the process by which Qatar short-circuits the entire source of protection.”