The Qatar World Cup Organizers apologize to the Danish TV crew for sending threats after a ‘street live broadcast’. Just a couple of days ahead of the FIFA World Cup and the country is already in the headlines.
The mishap occurred five days before the World Cup. It eventually lead to a sensitive issue for the event’s organizers, who have rejected claims that there are strict restrictions on where the media can film in Qatar.
Qatar World Cup Organizers: What was the incident about?
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy acknowledged in a statement that late on Tuesday night, journalists from the TV2 channel “were mistakenly interrupted.”
“Upon inspection of the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was made to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity,” organizers said.
Danish news anchor Rasmus Tantholdt was conducting a live interview when three men in an electric cart pulled up behind him and attempted to block the camera.
“You invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film? It’s a public place,” Tantholdt was heard saying in English. “You can break the camera, you want to break it? You are threatening us by smashing the camera?”
Following their conversation with Tantholdt. The Qatari organizers claimed to have “issued an advisory to all entities to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament.”
Denmark Football Team
One of the 32 World Cup teams that have criticized Qatar the most for its record. The team did so on human rights and the treatment of low-wage migrant workers. Since FIFA selected Qatar as the host nation in 2010, they were required to construct large construction projects.
Denmark will compete against France, Australia and Tunisia in Group D. The team intends to wear a jersey that has a toned down badge. Along with the manufacturer’s logo as a protest in support of labor rights.