At the World Cup in Qatar there was once again a huge fuss. Qatari officials have crashed a live entry by an Argentine journalist interviewing a fan in a wheelchair. They told the reporter to stop filming. One man ordered the reporter from Argentina to show him his press card. He then told the cameraman to point the lens away. The Daily Mail reported about it.
The colleagues from the studio also commented on this incident: “That’s the government of Qatar”. It was a live report from the TV channel El Trece. Alvarez usually hosts the show in his home studio. This time he was joking with a fan in Qatar when suddenly unknown officials interrupted the post. The broadcast took place at Barwa Village, a residential complex on the outskirts of Doha.
Later, the journalists resumed filming in a different location. Alvaraz informed his viewers that he was forced to leave the area. The reporter was previously told that his workplace was “private.” But he persevered and insisted on his filming permit. “I was scared and thought they were going to capture me,” Alvarez revealed.
It’s not the first incident involving journalists at this World Cup. The Danish reporter Rasmus Tantholdt from TV2 was harassed by security forces from Qatar in advance. Officials even threatened to destroy the camera. The correspondent was asked to delete the recordings. The correspondent just had a live entry, which was however already interrupted in advance.