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BBC TV Team Arrested in Qatar for Reporting on Bad Living Conditions for Migrant Laborers Working on the 2022 World Cup

World  (tags: Human rights violations, abuse of migrant workers, Qatar, BBC, arrest of journalists )

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Qatar state media planned a government tour for foreign journalists. But they said BBC arrived prior to planned tour for their own labor site visit to see the true conditions without Qatari government whitewashing of the mistreatment of migrant workers


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Beth S (330)
Wednesday May 20, 2015, 8:36 am
"You have to laugh at the irony. The Qatari government, one of the largest contrubutors to terrorism i in the world, arrests journalists working with the BBC (given the tragic nickname the Big Burka Corporation by the British). The BBC is serving as a constant dhimmi apologist to Islamic atrocities. Serves them well.

Al Jazeera (literally “The Island”, abbreviating “The Arabian Peninsula”) is a Doha-based state-funded broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, and funded by the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.

Qatar is accusing the BBC of “trespassed on private property” while filming migrant worker conditions in the country. Hm, yeah right. So will Qatar accept that it’s own journalists “trespassed” on Egyptian private property?

In February 2014 Al Jazeera English staff members Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohammed and Peter Greste were jailed in Egypt accused of broadcasting false news and promoting the now-banned terror mothership, the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Yes, this is the same Al-Jazeera given entry onto American airways by the aid of Al Gore.

Mohamed Fahmy sued al-Jazeera for $100 million in damages this month, stating: “They [al-Jazeera] don’t seem to understand that they cannot continue to challenge the sovereignty of governments, put the story ahead of the safety of their employees, and assume that they will continue to get away with it.”

Fahmy accused Al Jazeera Arabic platforms of advocating for the Muslim Brotherhood – which is exactly what the Egyptian government accused the Qatari news channel of. So Mohamed Fahmy basically admitted that the mouth piece for the Qatari government was intentionally there to stir up political problems on other countries and governments.

What credibility and airtime should al-Jazeera be given after this? Is no one waking up to the fact that Muslims have been spindoctors since the birth of Mohammed, constantly creating distortions, feigned victim narrative, propaganda and division to expand the Islamic interests. With al-Jazeera the medieval ideology has merely entered the digital age on a large scale. So why is this “news channel” allowed to be aired in the West at all?

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Tue, 19/05/2015 – Egypt Independent
A BBC television team was arrested in Qatar and held for two nights in prison while reporting on living conditions for migrant laborers working on the 2022 World Cup, the broadcaster said on Monday.

The Gulf state had organized a press tour in early May for journalists from Britain, elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East to examine the conditions laborers face, amid global criticism of human rights violations in the Gulf Arab state.

Qatar’s state media office said the BBC crew arrived in Doha prior to the planned tour and decided to conduct their own labor site visit, which led to their arrest by security forces. The crew included a reporter, translator, driver and cameraman.

“They trespassed on private property, which is against the law in Qatar just as it is in most countries. Security forces were called and the BBC crew was detained,” it said.

The BBC said in a statement it welcomed the team’s release, but deplored its detention, adding it was pressing Qatar for a full explanation and the return of confiscated equipment.

“Their presence in Qatar was no secret and they were engaged in a perfectly proper piece of journalism,” it said.

Ever since the Gulf state was awarded the 2022 tournament in 2010, it has been mired in controversy.

Qatar’s organizers and world soccer governing body FIFA have been fending off allegations of corruption that they deny. The tournament has also had to be moved from the European summer for the first time, to November and December, because of the blazing July heat, potentially disrupting domestic leagues.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported in September 2013 that dozens of Nepalis working on the project had died during the summer and that they were not given enough food and water.

Qatar denied the Guardian’s findings, but FIFA has said Qatar must do more to protect those working on 2022 sites.

“Making progress”

In an article published on a BBC website, reporter Mark Lobel said the crew were forced to spend two nights in a prison before being released. He said no charges were brought.

He said that, during their investigation, security officials showed him photographs of himself and team members after their arrival in Doha. “I was shown pictures of myself and the team standing in the street, at a coffee shop, on board a bus and even lying next to a swimming pool with friends.”

Qatar’s media office said the BBC crew could have avoided being detained if they had joined the organized press tour which other news organizations took part in.

Qatar in July 2014 approved some improvements to its treatment of migrant workers, including a requirement that firms set up bank accounts for workers, pay wages electronically and a ban on midday outdoor work in the summer heat.

“The government and the private sector are making significant progress in efforts to improve the lives and the labor conditions of guest workers in Qatar,” the office said.

Nonetheless, pressure group New FIFA Now and international workers’ unions said on Monday FIFA’s sponsors must challenge the governing body over the alleged abuses.

Earlier this month, a German television team reporting on World Cup preparations was also arrested and questioned by the authorities who prevented it from leaving for five days. Qatar said the team did not have a permit to film.


Kathleen M (208)
Wednesday May 20, 2015, 8:51 am
Shared and noted. Thanks, Beth.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 20, 2015, 7:20 pm
Thank you Beth for bringing up the truth about Qatar.

While OIL-$$$ Qatar has enough money to fund terror all over Arab world, it wants to save on poorest of the poor.


Hilary S (65)
Wednesday May 20, 2015, 7:27 pm
almost laughable - qatar has a very unfriendly relationship with the truth.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday May 20, 2015, 11:41 pm
Will Share this Beth

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Thursday May 21, 2015, 12:23 am

Stan B (123)
Thursday May 21, 2015, 12:24 am
Disgraceful. This is how they treat their Muslim brothers.

S J (124)
Thursday May 21, 2015, 12:57 am
sadly noted, thanks

Vivien Green (153)
Thursday May 21, 2015, 5:39 am
Noted thank you beth and to Rose for sharing.
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Past Member (0)
Thursday May 21, 2015, 8:59 am

Marian Beth B (58)
Thursday May 21, 2015, 9:20 am
Censorship, plain and simple. The sanitized view they would have been presented with would, of course, had all laborers conveniently hidden from view, with others in place to put on a good show. Very sad.

Jessica K (103)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 2:48 pm
As said previously, this at minimum seems to be censorship. Noted and thanks.
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