Reporting Qatar Poor Living Conditions Of World Cup Labourers lands BBC Crews in jail

Reporting Qatar Poor Living Conditions Of World Cup Labourers lands BBC Crews in jail

While reporting on the living conditions of low-paid migrant workers in Qatar, BBC reporter Mark Lobel was arrested and detained by Doha security services.
Adding to the growing list of missteps made by Qatari officials ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a BBC crew, invited by the Qatari prime minister’s office to take a look at recently constructed housing, ended up getting arrested for nothing more than “doing [their] jobs,” they say.
After hearing of the reportedly poor conditions that migrant laborers have been forced work and live in in preparation of Qatar’s World Cup, the crew decided that on top of what the prime minister’s office had planned, they “wanted to see [the workers’ conditions] for ourselves.”
“We ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs,” the BBC’s Mark Lobel, a Dubai-based correspondent, wrote in a post detailing the ordeal Monday.
The working conditions for Qatar’s World Cup migrant laborers, mostly from Nepal, has been the focus of significant reporting since Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010.
While the country has acknowledged some of these issues acknowledged some and ensured changes following the pressure of coverage and criticism, the country’s labour minister called certain claims “overblown” while the BBC crew was in Qatar.

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