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Gagging: an official Qatari source cut an interview of an Argentinian broadcaster on the streets of Doha | Israel today

2022-11-26T07:38:17.903Z

The journalist Joaquin Alvarez was forced to stop his conversation with the Albiceleste fan who was sitting in a wheelchair claiming that he was in private territory • "I was afraid they would arrest me"



Officials in Qatar interrupted a live television broadcast after demanding an Argentine journalist stop filming while interviewing a wheelchair-bound soccer fan. 

During the broadcast, an official suddenly appeared and ordered Joaquin Albers to show him the press card, before ordering the photographer to point the lens towards an apartment block in the background.

"This is what the government looks like," said colleagues from the studio in Buenos Aires, when they expressed concern about what was happening. 

Alvarez, who in all, interviewed a disappointed Argentine fan who admitted he was sad about losing his team's opening match against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. 

 The journalist and camera crew later returned to film from another area, with Albers telling viewers he had to leave the area after being told he was filming in a "private" area.

He insisted that his paperwork was in order and that he had all the necessary permits: "I was scared and thought they were going to arrest me," he said. 

Albers went on to thank the fans for their support in a post on social media: "We had a bad experience and what happened was completely unfair, because we had all the approvals and everything was in order. It's behind me now, another anecdote. The most important thing for me is that Argentina play again on Saturday." 

Nicolas Magli, who replaces Alvarez as host of the program while his colleague covers the World Cup, responded and said: "This is an example of severe censorship and we have to say it. They covered the camera, they didn't let us take pictures. They ordered you to leave in a rude manner and in addition the person who spoke did not identify himself." 

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Source: israelhayom

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