Qatar World Cup: Security interrupts Danish TV crew live broadcast, threatens to break camera


Danish TV2 reporter and his crew was doing a live broadcast from a street in Doha ahead of the FIFA World Cup when he was stopped by Qatari security officials late on Tuesday.

Three security staff in traditional dress has threatened to break TV2 reporter Rasmus Tantholdt  crew’s camera over claims they did not have a permit.

The three men pulled up behind the news anchor in an electric cart and tried to block the camera lens.

Mr. Tantholdt was heard saying in English: “You invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film? It’s a public place.”

After showing them his press accreditation, he added: “You can break the camera, you want to break it? You are threatening us by smashing the camera?”

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has since apologised.

They said the journalists were “mistakenly interrupted”.

“Upon inspection of the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was made to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity,” a statement said.

Tournament bosses also said they spoke to Mr. Tantholdt and “issued an advisory to all entities to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament”.

Like many of the other 32 nations competing, Denmark has been highly critical of Qatar’s record on human rights and treatment of the LGBTQ community.

Their kits will feature a toned-down badge and manufacturer’s logo when they play their fellow Group D teams, in protest over migrant worker rights. (Source: Sky News)