Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) – The Danish Journalists Association has urged all Danish journalists not to travel to Qatar to cover next year’s World Cup, saying the Arab country cannot be trusted.
“I don’t trust Qatar,” said union deputy leader Alan Boye Thalstrup. Speaking to industry magazine Journaliston on Wednesday, he said, “I fear that sources at government risk will disappear or go to jail for a long time, and they will not be treated well in prison.”
“It’s no use that Qatar first promises that the press can work non-stop and then they can arrest the journalists,” Boye Thalstrup said. Their union has more than 18,000 members.
The statement came as a reaction to the detention of two Norwegian journalists by Qatari security forces and the removal of footage of them gathered at a migrant labor camp while trying to report on labor issues ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Gaya.
The government in Qatar accused two journalists of “encroachment on private property and filming without permits” as the two returned to Norway on Wednesday. He argued that he had taken verbal permission from the people who were filmed there. Their equipment has been confiscated.
“Now the Qatari authorities know what is in the journalists’ equipment,” Boye Thalstrup was quoted as saying. “If (journalists) have been in touch with sources that are important to the government…