Qatar Authorities Threatened Reporter Ahead Of World Cup

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Journalists for a television station doing a live broadcast on the streets of Doha, Qatar ahead of next week's World Cup were interrupted this week by security staff who threatened to break their equipment.

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According to the Associated Press, journalist Rasmus Tantholdt of Denmark's TV2 was interrupted from a live broadcast when three men drove up and attempted to block the camera lens. 

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Tantholdt could be heard in English admonishing the security members for trying to break his team's equipment.

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“You invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film? It’s a public place,” Tantholdt was heard saying. “You can break the camera, you want to break it? You are threatening us by smashing the camera?”

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The Qatari World Cup organizers have since apologized to TV2. They said that an on-site security member apologized to Tantholdt personally and the channel was able to resume filming afterwards.

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"Upon inspection of the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was made to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity," the organizers said.

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It's worth noting that the Danish Football Union (DBU) has been one of Qatar's most vocal soccer federations heading into the World Cup.

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The team planned to wear jerseys protesting the nation's human rights record  before FIFA ordered them not to. 

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But they have also chosen to wear a black jersey as their third kit to mourn the construction workers who died during the construction of Qatar's many soccer-specific stadiums. 

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There's a sense that this won't be the first protest at the World Cup, nor will it be the only one that authorities crack down on.

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