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Female TV reporter is robbed live during the World Cup in Qatar

A female Argentine television reporter was robbed live while covering the World Cup in Qatar, with money and documents stolen from her handbag.

Dominique Metzger was broadcasting from the Corniche area of ​​Doha ahead of the first match of the tournament when she said the items had been stolen.

After the incident, Metzger said she reported the incident to local police and was surprised by their response.

She told her network Todo Noticias (TN) that officials promised to identify the suspect — and said she could choose the punishment for the alleged robber.

Argentinian journalist Dominique Metzger (pictured) was broadcasting from the Corniche area of ​​Doha ahead of the first match when she says items were stolen from her handbag

“I had my little bag with me with all the things one needs, my wallet, the keys to our hotel room, some napkins,” Metzger told a TN network anchor.

“And you were dancing, weren’t you?” the anchor asked her.

“Yes, I was dancing with the audience and I am convinced that it was at that moment that someone unzipped the bag and took my wallet,” the reporter replied.

The anchor asked if she thought it was a pickpocket who stole her wallet. Although the robbery was not caught on camera, footage showed her dancing among a crowd with her bag hanging down.

“I didn’t realize at the time, you know you’re live on the air, with music and crowds all around you, and I was focused on you talking to me too. So I wasn’t paying attention.

“After I finished my live coverage, I wanted to grab my wallet to buy a water bottle and then I realized I didn’t have it,” she recalls.

In an effort to crack down on crime, Qatar has installed thousands of cameras around its newly built stadiums, as well as 15,000 high-resolution cameras in each stadium, supported by facial recognition technology.

Metzger told her network Todo Noticias (TN) that officials promised to identify the suspect — and said she could choose the punishment for the alleged robber

Metzger told her network Todo Noticias (TN) that officials promised to identify the suspect — and said she could choose the punishment for the alleged robber

Metzger told her network Todo Noticias (TN) that officials promised to identify the suspect — and said she could choose the punishment for the alleged robber

Metzger (left) said she was dancing with locals while on air, only realizing it after items were taken from her school bag

The report showed footage of the reporter dancing in the crowd, capturing the faces of some people close to Metzger. She said Qatari officials could identify the suspect using facial recognition technology

There are also cameras all along the Corniche – a waterfront boulevard that stretches for more than four miles along Doha Bay.

The tournament will be controlled via a NASA-style control center from which – for the first time in a World Cup – all eight stadiums can be monitored simultaneously by staff who can zoom in on a single fan.

Metzger said when she went to report her missing wallet, claiming she was initially ignored because she was a woman. She said she was fired after being told her wallet would “appear” at some point.

“Male cops don’t register you,” Metzger said. “As soon as I got to the police station, they took me to another place where there were only women. I asked why I was there and they told me that because I’m a woman I must be a policewoman who has to help me’.

Once she was seen by a policewoman, the reporter said she was shocked by what she was told.

“The moment I filed a report was shocking. They told me, “What do you want the Justice Department to do about this? We’re going to find the wallet… We’ve got cameras everywhere, high-tech cameras, and we’re going to find the thief with facial recognition technology. What do you want the Justice Department to do?” do when they are found?”.

Metzger said her belongings were stolen while she was reporting along the Corniche in Doha ahead of the World Cup opening match.  Pictured: People gather at the Corniche Waterfront ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 19, 2022 in Doha

Metzger said her belongings were stolen while she was reporting along the Corniche in Doha ahead of the World Cup opening match.  Pictured: People gather at the Corniche Waterfront ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 19, 2022 in Doha

Metzger said her belongings were stolen while she was reporting along the Corniche in Doha ahead of the World Cup opening match. Pictured: People gather at the Corniche Waterfront ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 19, 2022 in Doha

A man takes a photo on the Corniche seafront promenade in Doha on November 20, 2022, during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament

A man takes a photo on the Corniche seafront promenade in Doha on November 20, 2022, during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament

A man takes a photo on the Corniche seafront promenade in Doha on November 20, 2022, during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament

Confused by the question, Metzger said she asked the police officers what they were talking about. They responded by asking her, “Do you want us to sentence him to five years in prison, to be deported?” He asked me to make the decision.’

“I told them I just want my wallet back, I’m not going to make the decision for the court system,” she told TN.

Metzger says she was robbed before the opening match of the World Cup tournament, in which hosts Qatar lost 2-0 to Ecuador after a glittering opening ceremony on Sunday night.

The beer ban imposed two days before the start of the tournament was the latest controversial catch to a global event already under scrutiny over Qatar’s human rights record and the emirates’ use of migrant workers to save the country for to prepare for the event.

And while Qatar lost its opening match, the fan zone in central Doha became a chaotic scene as tens of thousands of fans were pushed against police lines to enter the venue. Fans tried to access the enclosed area with large screens to watch games and buy beer.

The incident involving the Argentine journalist came after Qatar’s Supreme Committee issued an urgent apology to Danish broadcaster TV2 last week after one of their journalists was threatened by security personnel during live broadcast.

TV2 reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was speaking as part of a live broadcast when he was approached by security personnel who had turned up on a golf cart.

Dancers perform at the opening ceremony ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20 in Al Khor, Qatar

Dancers perform at the opening ceremony ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20 in Al Khor, Qatar

Dancers perform at the opening ceremony ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20 in Al Khor, Qatar

It soon became clear that he was not welcome to film and he was soon threatened with having his camera vandalized and destroyed.

The clip, which went viral on social media, showed Tantholdt switching to English to seek clarification on where he allegedly misinterpreted the rules for filming in Qatar. “You invited the whole world here. Why can’t we film? It’s a public place,” he said.

He quickly presented his press credentials on his phone and confirmed their permission to film, but as a man struggles with the camera’s lens, a security guard claims the camera will be destroyed if they don’t stop filming.

The Danes show their press accreditation and say they have permission to film. Then the guards follow with a threat. If they don’t stop filming, they’ll destroy the camera. “You can break the camera,” he added. ‘Do you want to sniff it? Go ahead. You threaten us by breaking the camera.’

Danish reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was interrupted during a live presentation on TV in Qatar

Danish reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was interrupted during a live presentation on TV in Qatar

Danish reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was interrupted during a live presentation on TV in Qatar

Security officials disagreed that he was filming and soon threatened to destroy his camera

Security officials disagreed that he was filming and soon threatened to destroy his camera

Security officials disagreed that he was filming and soon threatened to destroy his camera

A security guard tries to explain that he cannot film despite his accreditation pass

A security guard tries to explain that he cannot film despite his accreditation pass

A security guard tries to explain that he cannot film despite his accreditation pass

Speaking from Qatar to Norwegian outlet NRK, Tantholdt confirmed that he had since received apologies from delegates in Qatar, but the fact that he was stopped during a live broadcast has caused him a number of concerns.

“I don’t think the message from the Qatar summit has reached all the guards,” he said.

‘That is why you can say that some have misunderstood the situation, but at the same time it says a lot about what it is like in Qatar. That’s where you can be attacked and threatened if you report as a free media.’

“This is not a free and democratic country,” he added. “My experience after visiting 110 countries in the world is: the more you have to hide, the harder it is to report from there.”

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