World Cup officials interrupt live broadcasts, threaten to take equipment and order TV crew to leave
This is when heavy-handed Qatari officials interrupt a live TV broadcast after telling an Argentine journalist to stop filming him interviewing a football fan in a wheelchair.
A tall man in Arab garb and headdress appeared out of nowhere and ordered Joaquin Alvarez to show him his press pass before instructing the cameraman to point his lens away to an apartment building in the background.
Colleagues from the Buenos Aires studio said, “This is how the government of Qatar is,” expressing concern about what was happening.
Heavy-handed Qatari officials arrive to interrupt a live TV broadcast after telling an Argentine journalist to stop filming as he interviews a football fan in a wheelchair
The TV reporter tries to reason with the unnamed officials after they interrupt his live broadcast
A Qatari official raises his hand to a reporter’s camera after interrupting a live broadcast on Argentine TV
The broadcast is forced to stop after officials insist that the Argentine reporter and his crew can no longer film
The shocking incident, which came after a Danish film crew was threatened by security personnel during a broadcast in the capital Doha in the run-up to the World Cup, took place during a live coverage of a popular show on Argentina’s El Trece channel called Nosotros a la Manana.
Alvarez, who normally hosts the program, was joking with Argentinian fans about their favorite TV channel and the show they liked best when he was interrupted by the unknown official and two other men who appeared seconds later.
He had to stop and show he was working seconds after a wheelchair-bound supporter he was fooling around with admitted he was ‘sad’ over the South American nation’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in their first game of the tournament.
The live broadcast hiatus took place at Barwa Village, a commercial and residential complex on the outskirts of Doha that was completed in 2010 and has been expanded for the World Cup.
The journalist and film crew later resumed filming from the back of a car, with Alvarez telling viewers he was forced to leave the area after being told where he worked was “private.”
He insisted that his paperwork was in order and that he had all the necessary permits. He said, “I was scared and thought they were going to capture me.
“The person who stopped filming got out of a van and told us in a very rude manner that we could not film anymore because we were in a private place.
“I told him we were showing something nice, but they told us to go and there was a point when they even wanted to take our equipment away from us.”
A Qatari official appears to be ordering an Argentine TV crew to stop broadcasting as they interview a fan in a wheelchair
The crew’s camera focuses on an empty street during the live broadcast, seemingly after being ordered to stop filming
He went on to thank well-wishers for their support in a social media post, furious: “We had a bad experience and what happened was completely unfair because we had all our permits and everything was fine.
‘It’s in the past, another anecdote. The most important thing for me is that Argentina will play again on Saturday.’
Nicolas Magali, who replaces Alvarez as the program’s host while his colleague covers the World Cup, responded by saying: ‘This is an example of strict censorship and we have to say it.
“They covered the camera, didn’t let us film it, ordered you to leave in a rude manner, and what’s more, the speaker didn’t identify himself.”
The journalist’s wife, Tefi Russo, later took to social media to say of her husband, “No joke, he was just shocked because he had all his paperwork in order, he’s not at home, he was doing a live broadcast, he doesn’t speak the language, it’s a different culture and it’s censorship if you know you’re not doing anything wrong.
“It’s impossible to work and enjoy a World Cup like this.”
Qatari officials finally apologized after a similar incident less than two weeks ago involving the Danish film crew.
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
A security guard tries to explain that he cannot film despite his accreditation pass
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 next to the newly opened Chedi Hotel in Katara Cultural Village.
They told him he was not welcome to film and threatened to smash and destroy his camera.
Tantholdt replied, ‘You invited the whole world here. Why can’t we film? It’s a public place.’
He added, “You can break the camera. Do you want to break it? Go ahead. You threaten us by breaking the camera.’
Earlier this month, an American journalist claimed he was ordered by security to remove a photo he had taken of a slogan on a wall in the World Cup media center in Qatar because it was “not allowed”.
And on November 21, a female Argentine television reporter was robbed live while covering the World Cup in Qatar, with a wallet and documents stolen from her handbag.
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
TN journalist 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.
Curiously, the reporter claimed that police asked her afterwards what punishment she wanted the alleged pickpocket to receive if they were caught, reportedly asking, “Do you want us to sentence him to five years in prison, to be deported?” ‘
“I told them I just want my wallet back. I will not make the decision for the justice system,” she told TN.