Officials of the World Cup stop a live broadcast, threaten to seize equipment, and tell the television team to leave

This is the moment when heavy-handed Qatari officials interrupt a live television broadcast by ordering an Argentine journalist to cease filming a football fan in a wheelchair he is interviewing.

Heavy-handed Qatari officials arrive to interrupt a live TV broadcast after telling an Argentinian journalist to stop filming as he interviews a football fan in a wheelchair

Heavy-handed Qatari officials arrive to interrupt a live TV broadcast after telling an Argentinian journalist to stop filming as he interviews a football fan in a wheelchair

A tall figure dressed in Arabic robes and a hat arrived out of nowhere and demanded to see Joaquin Alvarez’s press permit before telling the cameraman to focus his lens towards a nearby apartment building.

Concerned about what was occurring, colleagues from the studio in Buenos Aires said, “This is how the Qatari government acts.”

Heavy-handed Officials from Qatar interrupt a live television broadcast in which an Argentinian journalist is interviewing a football fan in a wheelchair.

After nameless authorities interrupt his live broadcast, the journalist attempts to negotiate with them.

After interrupting a live broadcast on Argentinian television, a Qatari official gestures toward a reporter’s camera.

The transmission is terminated due to the officials’ insistence that the Argentinian reporter and his team may no longer film.

During a live report for the famous show Nosotros a la Maana on Argentina’s El Trece channel, a shocking event happened in which a Danish film team was intimidated by security personnel while broadcasting in the Qatari capital Doha in advance of the World Cup.

A Qatari official holds up his hand toward a reporter's camera after interrupting a live broadcast on Argentinian TV

A Qatari official holds up his hand toward a reporter’s camera after interrupting a live broadcast on Argentinian TV

Alvarez, who regularly hosts the program, was joking with Argentine fans about their favorite television station and show when he was halted by an anonymous official and two other individuals.

He was obliged to quit joking about and prove he was working when a wheelchair-bound fan revealed he was’sad’ over the South American team’s shocking loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening match of the tournament.

Barwa Village, a business and residential development on the outskirts of Doha that was constructed in 2010 and enlarged for the World Cup, was the location of the interruption to the live broadcast.

Later, the journalist and film team began shooting from the back of a car, with Alvarez informing viewers that he was forced to leave the area after being told it was private.

Insisting that his documentation was in order and that he had all the proper licenses, he claimed, “I was terrified and feared they were going to arrest me.”

The broadcast is forced to end after the officials insist the Argentinian reporter and his crew can't film anymore

The broadcast is forced to end after the officials insist the Argentinian reporter and his crew can’t film anymore

“The individual who stopped the shooting stepped out of a van and told us in a very impolite manner that we could no longer record since we were in a private location.”

“I told him we were displaying something positive, but they forced us to leave, and at one point they even attempted to seize our equipment,”

A Qatari official seems to urge an Argentine television team to cease broadcasting as they interview a wheelchair-bound fan.

During the live broadcast, the crew’s camera focuses on an empty street, presumably after being instructed to stop shooting.

A Qatari official appears to order an Argentinian TV crew to stop broadcasting as they interview a fan in a wheelchair

A Qatari official appears to order an Argentinian TV crew to stop broadcasting as they interview a fan in a wheelchair

In a social media post, he thanked well-wishers for their support and raged, ‘We had a dreadful experience, and what occurred was very unjust given we had all of our licences and paperwork in place.

‘It is now in the past; another tale. Saturday’s match for Argentina is the most crucial thing for me.

Nicolas Magali, who is replacing Alvarez as host of the program while he covers the World Cup, remarked, “This is an extreme form of censorship, and we must say it.”

They covered the camera, forbade us from filming, forced us to leave in an impolite manner, and the speaker did not identify himself.

Tefi Russo, the journalist’s wife, then turned to social media to remark of her husband: ‘No joke, he shat himself just because he was away from home, doing a live broadcast, he doesn’t understand the language, it’s a different culture, and it’s censorship when you know you’re doing nothing wrong.

It is difficult to work and enjoy this World Cup.The crew's camera focuses on an empty street during the live broadcast, seemingly after being ordered to stop filming

The crew’s camera focuses on an empty street during the live broadcast, seemingly after being ordered to stop filming

After a similar occurrence involving the Danish film team less than a fortnight ago, Qatari officials apologized.

Rasmus Tantholdt was interrupted during a live television broadcast in Qatar.

Officials from the security department objected to his video and threatened to destroy his camera.

A security guard attempts to explain that, despite his accreditation permit, he is unable to record.

Rasmus Tantholdt, a reporter for TV2, was speaking during a live broadcast when he was approached by security personnel on a golf buggy near to the recently opened Chedi Hotel in Katara Cultural Village.

They informed him that filming was not permitted and threatened to destroy his camera.

Tantholdt said, ‘You’ve invited the entire globe. Why are we unable to film? It is a public location.A security guard tries to explain that he is unable to film, despite his accreditation pass

A security guard tries to explain that he is unable to film, despite his accreditation pass

He continued by saying, “You may damage the camera.” You wish to violate it? Go ahead. You are endangering us by destroying the camera.’

An American journalist said that security advised him to remove a photograph he had taken of a phrase on a wall in the World Cup media complex in Qatar because it was ‘not permitted.’

In addition, on November 21, a female Argentinian television reporter was robbed live on air in Qatar while reporting on the World Cup. Her wallet and documents were taken from her handbag.

Metzger (left) stated that she was dancing with locals while on-air, and only realized afterward that her satchel bag had been emptied.

The broadcast displayed footage of the reporter dancing in the throng, capturing the faces of those close to Metzger. She stated that utilizing face recognition technology, Qatari officials will be able to identify the culprit.

Dominique Metzger was reporting from the Corniche region of Doha before to the tournament’s opening match when she claims the things were taken.

Metzger (left) said she was dancing with locals while she was on-air, and only realised after that items had been taken from her satchel bag

Metzger (left) said she was dancing with locals while she was on-air, and only realised after that items had been taken from her satchel bag

Inexplicably, the reporter said that police asked her what penalty she desired for the alleged pickpocket if they were apprehended, purportedly asking, “Do you want us to sentence him to five years in prison or deport him?”

I told them I only want my wallet returned. She assured TN that she would not make the choice for the legal system.


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