Danish Union of Journalists advises against travel to Qatar

Denmark Journalists Union urges journalists not to travel to Qatar to cover next year’s World Cup, saying Arab country cannot be trusted

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The Danish Journalists Union is urging 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 Allan Boye Thulstrup, deputy union leader. kindly in prison., he added, speaking Wednesday to journalists of specialized magazines.

“It is no use for Qatar to first promise that the press can work unhindered and then arrest journalists,” Boye Thulstrup said. His union has over 18,000 members.

The statement came in response to the detention by Qatari security forces of two Norwegian journalists and the deletion of their footage collected at a migrant labor camp as they tried to cover workers’ issues ahead of the World Cup football 2022.

The Qatari government accused the two journalists of “trespassing on private property and filming without a license” as they returned to Norway on Wednesday. They claimed they had verbal permission from those they filmed there. Their equipment was seized.

“Now the Qatari authorities know what is on the journalists’ equipment,” Boye Thulstrup said. “If (the journalists) have been in contact with sources critical to the government (…) then this is a process in which Qatar has bypassed all source protection.”

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