Two foreign journalists were held for 30 hours in Qatar in late November after being discovered “intruding” while looking into the murder and mistreatment of workers there in the run-up to the World Cup.
Prior to their release and return to Oslo the following day, Halvor Ekeland and Lokman Ghorbani of the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK also had their cameras impounded and video taken.
The arrest of NRK journalists in Qatar is reprehensible, tweeted Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere in response to their incarceration. A healthy democracy needs a free press to operate.
However, the couple “had defied the law and intentionally violated private property,” according to the Qatari government’s communications department.
“They were provided all the film licenses they had requested before to their trip,” it said, “and were given the opportunity to meet with senior government officials and outside officials.”
These liberties do not, however, impact the application of common law, which the crew willfully and consciously disregarded.
Ekeland and Ghorbani were detained for “penetrating” private property into the industrial region of Doha, which is home to many migrant workers constructing Qatar’s World Cup-related infrastructure.
Since the tournament was contentiously awarded almost 11 years ago, the extremely affluent Gulf state has been regularly found guilty of the murder and maltreatment of such workers.
Although it is generally agreed that the working conditions in official World Cup venues are of a higher caliber than those in other infrastructure projects, campaigners contend that FIFA and the organizers are nonetheless accountable for the plight of those affected.
Despite defending its advancements in this area, such as recent labor reforms, Qatar has cautioned that there is still much to be done.
Are spectators welcome?
As organizers explore for methods to meet demand for lodging, English fans heading to the World Cup will have the opportunity to “glamp” in Qatar’s desert throughout the competition.
As an alternative to hotels close to the eight venues for the finals, Qatar’s organizers have increased their plans for campsites. They intend to employ cruise ships to house 175,000 fans in “floating villages” docked at the ports.
Rather than being a wilderness expedition, the campsites have been compared to “glamping.” Toilets, showers, and dining spaces have been built on property outside the five cities where the competition is being held.
The 64 games, which will culminate in the final on December 18, are expected to draw more than a million spectators, according to the Qatari Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.
Several potential locations for the team hotel were inspected by the English Football Association, including Southgate, who preferred to stay “out west,” away from Doha, on the western half of the peninsula, according to one source.
The English manager selected Repino, outside of St. Petersburg, for a national retreat prior to the 2018 World Cup.
As the Arab Cup final approaches, security chiefs intend to observe games to evaluate security.
How can I purchase tickets to Qatar?
Over 800,000 tournament tickets were sold during the first and second phases and have since expired. Tickets are accessible through the FIFA website.
According to FIFA, there will be a limited number of opportunities to purchase tickets closer to the start of the event on a “first come, first served” basis.
The cost of final tickets ranges from £156 to £1,223. Alternately, you can make plans to watch many games of your team.
The most recent information is consistently updated in this article.