Ahead of the beginning of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Danish media TV2 reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was threatened by the Qatari officials during a live broadcast session. A video has went viral, where the Qatari officials attempted to block Danish media's live broadcast and threatened to break their camera.
Danish reporter Rasmus Tantholdt, who was reporting from a public place, was initially speaking in his native language during the live session, however, he used English to communicate with the Qatari officials, who tried to damage their camera. In the viral video on social media, Rasmus was heard saying, "You have invited the whole world here. Why can't we film? It is a public place."
Rasmus added, "You can break the camera. You want to break it? Go ahead. You're threatening us by breaking the camera."
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Qatar Supreme Committee offers apology
Later, the Qatar International Media Office and Supreme Committee offered an apology to the Danish broadcaster and its crew. While talking to Norwegian outlet NRK from Qatar, Rasmus Tantholdt confirmed that he has received an apology from Qatar delegates.
Rasmus told NRK, "I don't think the message from the top in Qatar has reached all the security guards. Therefore, one can argue that there are some who have misunderstood the situation, but at the same time it tells a lot about what it is like in Qatar. There it is that you can be attacked and threatened when you report as a free media."
Qatar has been in the middle of heavy criticism since receiving the hosting rights for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The main reasons for its criticism are the deaths of migrant workers during the building of infrastructure for the World Cup and it's anti-LGBTQ+ laws.