World Cup 2022: Officials apologize for TV attacks on the Danish broadcasts

World Cup organizers in Qatar have apologized to a Danish television station whose live broadcast from a street in Doha was interrupted by security personnel who threatened to break camera equipment.

Journalists from the TV2 channel “were interrupted by mistake”, the High Commission for Handover and Legacy admitted in a statement.

“On checking the crew’s valid tournament recognition and filming permit, the broadcaster was excused from local security before the crew resumed their activities,” the organizers said.

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Journalist Rasmus Tantholdt was broadcasting live at the news channel in Denmark when three men drove up behind him in an electric car and tried to block the camera lens.

“You invited the whole world to come here. Why can’t we film? This is a public place,” Tantholdt was heard saying in English.

“You can break the camera. Want to break it? You’re threatening us by destroying the camera?

The incident, five days before the start of the World Cup, revisited a topic that has been sensitive to tournament organizers who have denied claims that there are strict restrictions on where the media can film in Qatar.

Qatar organizers said they later spoke to Tantholdt and also “issued advice to all parties to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament”.

Denmark’s football association has also been one of the biggest critics of Qatar among the 32 World Cup teams over the emirate’s record on human rights, including its treatment of low-wage workers.

They were required to build large-scale construction projects since FIFA chose Qatar as the host in 2010.

Denmark’s players will wear jerseys featuring a stripped-down logo and manufacturer’s logo as a protest in support of labor rights when they face France, Australia and Tunisia in Group D.

A third black jersey option has been included as a “colour of mourning” for the construction workers who have died in Qatar.

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