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Safety in Qatar ‘inform an American journalist his pictures – of a slogan on a wall – aren’t allowed’

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Safety at Qatar’s World Cup media centre ‘inform an American journalist his pictures – of a slogan on a wall – aren’t allowed’ as officers take a heavy hand on reporting, together with threatening to DESTROY a Danish presenter’s digicam stay on TV

An American journalist has claimed he was advised by safety to delete a photograph he’d taken of a slogan on a wall within the World Cup media centre in Qatar, because it was ‘not allowed’.

The World Cup is because of get underway on Sunday, with hosts Qatar kicking off the event in opposition to Ecuador.

Gamers, employees and media have been arriving within the middle-eastern nation during the last couple of days, however it seems that they haven’t all had a heat welcome, in keeping with American reporter Grant Wahl.

He has said that he noticed a slogan on a wall within the media centre that learn: ‘NOW IS ALL’ and needed to take an image because it reminded him of a wierd slogan from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ‘HOT. COOL. YOURS’.

Nonetheless, he has then recounted what occurred subsequent after he took the picture on his telephone, detailing that he was approached by a safety guard instantly who advised him: ‘Image is just not allowed, sir’.

Wahl tried to protest his innocence, however was then instructed to ‘kindly delete it, sir’.

Wahl’s story is just not the one weird encounter that reporters have had with safety since touching down in Qatar.

Safety have appeared to take a heavy-handed strategy forward of the World Cup beginning

Danish presenter Rasmus Tantholdt was presenting for broadcaster TV2 on Tuesday when he was approached by safety employees that had arrived on the scene on a golf buggy.

They advised him that he was not welcome to movie, and threatened to smash and destroy his digicam.

Tantholdt replied: ‘You may have invited the entire world right here. Why cannot we movie? It’s a public place.’

He then added: ‘You’ll be able to break the digicam. You wish to break it? Go forward. You are threatening us by breaking the digicam.’

Danish presenter Rasmus Tantholdt was approached by security who threatened to destroy his camera

Danish presenter Rasmus Tantholdt was approached by safety who threatened to destroy his digicam

Qatari officials (pictured) arrived on a golf buggy while the live broadcast was going on

Qatari officers (pictured) arrived on a golf buggy whereas the stay broadcast was occurring 

Tantholdt seen showing his press accreditation before claiming he does not need a permit

Tantholdt seen exhibiting his press accreditation earlier than claiming he doesn’t want a allow

Tandholdt later revealed that he had acquired an apology from delegates in Qatar, however hit out on the restrictions put in place on reporting within the nation.

‘I do not assume the message from the highest in Qatar has reached all the safety guards,’ he advised Norwegian outlet NRK.  

‘Subsequently, one can argue that there are some who’ve misunderstood the state of affairs, however on the identical time it tells so much about what it’s like in Qatar. There it’s that you would be able to be attacked and threatened once you report as a free media.’

‘This isn’t a free and democratic nation. My expertise after visiting 110 nations on the planet is: The extra it’s a must to conceal, the harder it’s to report from there.’


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