2022-11-25 09:35:13

Qatar officials force World Cup journalist to stop filming TV interview with man in wheelchair

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By Tom Blow

Qatar officials interrupted a live TV broadcast after telling an Argentinian journalist to stop filming while he interviews a football fan in a wheelchair.

In the video clip, an official suddenly appeared and ordered Joaquin Alvarez to show him his press pass before instructing the cameraman to point his lens away towards a block of flats in the background. This is what the government is like, said colleagues from the studio back in Buenos Aires, as they expressed concern at what was happening.

The shock incident - which occurred after a Danish film crew were threatened by security on air as they broadcasted in Doha ahead of the World Cup - took place during a live report for a popular show on Argentina's El Trece channel called 'Nosotros a la Manana'.

Alvarez, who normally hosts the programme, was joking with Argentine fans about their favourite TV channel and the show they like the best when he was interrupted by the unidentified official and two other men who appeared seconds later.

He was forced to stop and show after a wheelchair-bound supporter admitted he was sad about Argentina's shock defeat to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The interruption to the live broadcast took place in Barwa Village, a commercial and residential complex on the outskirts of Doha that was completed in 2010 and has been expanded for the World Cup.

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