A German journalist and his cameraman were arrested by Qatari police this month as they attempted to film construction sites for the 2022 World Cup. They were investigating the plight of migrant labourers on the construction sites in Qatar.
Peter Giesel, a film-maker and the head of a Munich-based production company, and his cameraman Robin Ahne were detained for 27 hours after filming the working conditions of labourers from the balcony of the Mercure Grand hotel in Doha, the internet edition of the Guardian newspaper reported.
"They said they just wanted to talk to us, but it wasn't clear about what," Giesel told the Guardian. "But the interrogations went on for several hours and then the security police got involved. They were talking about us sparking a riot by talking to the workers … and that's why we got detained and put in jail."
Their camera and other equipment were also confiscated by the Qatari authorities saying they had been filming without permission.
"We went to the Nepalese embassy and it was flooded with workers trying to get their passports and documents back," Giesel told the Guardian. "They tried to manipulate some of the footage and erase some. We weren't finished with the shooting in general, but afterwards I didn't have the nerve for it any more."
The arrest of the two German broadcasters comes weeks after an investigative report published by Guardian newspaper revealed that 44 Nepali migrant labourers had died this summer while working in the construction sites of the 2022 World Cup host country Qatar. Nepalnews.com