‘This is not Disneyland! You can’t point your camera everywhere’! BBC journalists arrested in Doha for reporting on Qatar’s World Cup building project

Photo of quarters for foreign workers, 2014. More here.

A team of BBC journalists filming World Cup migrant worker accommodation in Qatar was thrown in prison and told ‘this is not Disneyland, you can’t stick your camera anywhere’.

The crew was invited by the government of Qatar to film flag-ship housing for workers employed for the 2022 World Cup preparations, but ended up being tailed by security forces, who then imprisoned them in ‘filthy conditions’ and confiscated their equipment.

Shocked reporter Mark Lobel explained afterwards that they were arrested after they detoured to investigate worker accommodation they’d heard was of a very poor standard.

He explained that eight white cars surrounded their vehicle in Doha and forced them to stop.

After being frisked on the street their equipment was taken away and each member of the crew – Mr Lobel, the cameraman, translator and driver – was handcuffed then aggressively questioned separately by Qatari intelligence officers…

Reuters reports that they have been released, after two nights in jail. They had strayed away from an official tour organized by Qatar.  

NYT reports that FIFA* plans to investigate.

*Fédération Internationale de Football Association. I know zero about sports but they are an international organization for what we call soccer in North America.

  • ontario john

    Muslims can’t even have slaves without someone saying something negative.

    • Frau Katze

      Everyone is just so mean to them!

    • Backa Bock

      No. People only seem to get upset if they impregnate their slaves and then kill them afterward. I haven’t seen a MSM article regarding muslim slavery, EVER.

  • David Murrell

    One wonders if the Qatar-owned al Jezeera news agency will follow up on the BBC report. No, probably not.

  • Minicapt

    I am curious as to why the BBC reporter was “shocked”. And what reaction did they expect when they made the detour.


    • Frau Katze

      Naive leftists.

  • Is not to photograph behind Potemkin Village.

  • cmh

    the richest country in the world eh? where’s the big feminist Janet Jackson on this?

  • ellake

    FIFA executive committee is quite corrupt. There is an ongoing investigation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter by FBI .
    And BBC people were not the first to be arrested by Qatar. Early in May, German journalists investigating corruption in FIFA were also arrested by Qatari police

  • dukestreet

    The very fact that they let Qatar host the World cup tells you that FIFA is corrupt.

  • Brett_McS

    All allegations will be investigated by FIFI, er FIFA!

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    FIFA has been bribed so much by the Qatari World Cup bidders that any FIFA investigation of Qataris is a laughable premise.

  • bob e

    better re-think this business. many people are
    gonna be imprisoned ..

  • tom_billesley

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter is running for a fifth term.

    For his American audience who might not know who Blatter was, Oliver compared him to controversial NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell.
    “If you don’t know who Sepp Blatter is, think of Roger Goodell. And now think of Roger Goodell’s a***hole. That is Sepp Blatter,” he said.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Nazis had thousands of slaves helping to build the 1936 Olympics venue as well as the Sachenhausen concentration camp 18 miles from Berlin. No one at the games complained either.

  • Backa Bock

    FIFA is to soccer as the IOC is to the Olympics. They are money grubbing and corrupt. How a soccer championship could be held in 40C weather is astonishing. FIFA knew what they were getting into. Qatar, like any Muslim nation is a shithole for human decency.