When asked by a Qatari official, a Danish journalist REFUSES to remove his OneLove wristband

When asked by a Qatari official, a Danish journalist REFUSES to remove his OneLove wristband

A Qatari official asked a Danish reporter to remove his anti-discrimination wristband before to his live television story, but the reporter refused.

Jon Pagh, a journalist for Danish broadcaster TV2, stood in defiance against the official and refused to adhere to his order to remove the anti-discrimination and LGBT rights symbol from his arm
Jon Pagh, a journalist for the Danish television network TV2, refused to comply with the official’s request to remove the anti-discrimination and LGBT rights emblem from his arm.

Pagh was about to conduct a television broadcast on Denmark’s World Cup match versus Tunisia when he was contacted by the Qatari official and requested to remove the armband; however, the Danish reporter refused.

The issue arose days after Qatari security personnel threatened to destroy Rasmus Tantholdt’s camera if he did not cease shooting.

Jon Pagh, a journalist for the Danish television station TV2, refused to comply with the official’s request to remove the anti-discrimination and LGBT rights emblem from his arm.

Pagh was ready to begin a television report when he was contacted by a Qatari official who instructed him to remove the wristband.

The agitated Qatari official then ordered the television team to cease shooting before placing his palm over the camera.

The disagreement occurred days after another Danish journalist from TV2, Rasmus Tantholdt, was taken off the air by Qatari security personnel who threatened to destroy his camera if he did not cease shooting (pictured)

Pagh was forced to remove the emblem from his arm in the latest instance of Qatari officials cracking down on the media and individuals who wear the OneLove wristband.Pagh was about to start a TV report when a Qatari official approached him and told him to remove the armband

Pagh was ready to begin a television report when he was contacted by a Qatari official who instructed him to remove the wristband.

In a conversation captured on camera by TV2, Pagh informed the official, “I understand what you’re saying, but I can’t take it off.”

Pagh said, as he reached for his OneLove wristband, “Why is this prohibited?”The dispute came days after another Danish journalist from TV2, Rasmus Tantholdt, was forced off-air after Qatari security staff threatened to destroy his camera if he did not stop filming (pictured)

The official then spoke to Pagh, but his words are inaudible due to his hand covering his lips.

Pagh said, ‘Is it due to the colors? However, this only reads One Love.

The agitated Qatari official ordered the television team to cease shooting before placing his palm over the camera.

The intrepid Pagh continued, “It just states one love.” It involves appreciating everyone. I appreciate that you are telling me this.

The Qatari official then walked away, leaving Pagh staring incredulously at the camera.

The intrepid Pagh continued, “It just states one love.” It involves appreciating everyone. I appreciate that you are telling me this.

The Qatari official then left, leaving Pagh staring incredulously at the camera.A defiant Pagh continued: 'It just says one love. It's respecting everybody. Look, I respect that you're telling me this'

Pagh was about to report on Denmark’s World Cup match versus Tunisia on television when a Qatari official approached him and asked him to remove the armband. However, the Danish reporter refused.

Denmark’s football squad intended to wear the anti-discrimination armband ‘One Love’ like other European teams such as England and Wales but FIFA threatened to issue yellow cards and the initiative was abandoned.

Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who currently chairs the governance and development council of the Danish football association, donned a coat with rainbow-colored sleeves when entering the stadium to witness Denmark’s play versus Tunisia.

The Qatari official then walked off, leaving Pagh looking at the camera with incredulity

Denmark has been one of the most prominent critics of the tournament in Qatar, and its players donned all-black long-sleeve shirts over their red game jerseys during the pre-match warm-up to honor migrant workers who died while building infrastructure for the World Cup.

Since Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup 12 years ago, it has been extensively criticized and scrutinized for its abuses of human rights and its attitudes against the LGBTQ+ population.

Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is currently chair of the Danish football federation’s governance and development, donned a coat with rainbow-colored sleeves when entering the stadium to witness Denmark’s play versus Tunisia.

The week prior, it came to light that Qatari authorities had threatened a Danish reporter during a live broadcast.

TV2 reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was conducting a live broadcast from Qatar days before the opening match of the FIFA World Cup when he was approached by security personnel on a golf buggy.

It became immediately evident that he was not permitted to shoot, and he was immediately threatened with having his camera destroyed.

The tape, which has gone popular on social media, shows Tantholdt switching to English to inquire about where he apparently misunderstood Qatari shooting regulations.

Pagh was getting ready to do a TV report about Denmark's World Cup match against Tunisia when the Qatari official approached him and told him to remove the armband - but the Danish reporter refused

“You have welcomed the entire globe.” Why are we unable to film? It is a public area, he stated.

He promptly flashed his press credentials on his phone, reinforcing their permits to record, but while one man struggled with the camera’s lens, a security agent warned that the camera would be destroyed if they did not cease filming.

The Danes present press credentials and state that they have authorization to shoot. The guards then respond with a threat. If they do not cease filming, the camera will be destroyed.

He said, ‘You may shatter the camera’ You wish to destroy it? Go ahead. You are endangering us by destroying the camera.’

Tantholdt was observed displaying his press credentials before asserting that he did not require a permission.

Officials from the security department objected to his video and threatened to destroy his camera.

A security guard attempts to explain that, despite his accreditation permit, he is unable to record.

Tantholdt confirmed to NRK from Qatar that he had received an apology from Qatari delegates, but the fact that he was stopped during a live broadcast raises a number of concerns for him.

He was cited as adding, “I don’t think the message from the top in Qatar has reached all the security personnel.”

‘Therefore, it is possible to claim that some have misread the issue, but it also reveals a great deal about life in Qatar. Evidently, you may be targeted and intimidated if you report as a member of the free press.’

He said, “This is not a free and democratic nation.” The more you have to hide, the more difficult it is to report from that country, according to my experience after visiting 110 nations.

Officials from Qatar (shown) came on a golf cart during the live broadcast.

It is also not the first time reporters have encountered obstacles in Qatar while attempting to report freely and openly.

Norway’s outlet

Last year, NRK encountered its own problems while reporting from Qatar.

Two of their journalists, Halvor Ekeland and Lokman Ghorbani, were arrested and imprisoned in Qatar due to allegations that they filmed on private property.

They were detained for approximately thirty hours before being released and sent back to Norway.

In November of last year, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stre deemed the treatment of journalists in the Gulf State to be “unacceptable.”

He added, “A free press is essential for a functioning democracy.”

It appears that there are still issues for reporters just days before the tournament begins.

The Supreme Committee of Qatar apologized after the video went viral on social media.

NEW: Today, I snapped a photo of the Qatar World Cup slogan on the media center’s wall, and a security guard demanded that I delete the image from my phone. Is this how the World Cup will operate? https://t.co/RXyfq1PANk photo: https://twitter.com/SPmG5CnrjQ

— GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) subscription deadline: November 15, 2022

American writer Grant Wahl had his own run-in with security staff having been told to delete a photo he had taken in the media centre.

Detailing the story on his Twitter account, Wahl wrote: ‘I took a picture of the Qatar World Cup slogan on the wall of the media center today – and a security guard came over and demanded that I delete it from my phone. Is this how the World Cup will operate?’

He was told that a ‘picture is not allowed’ before he protested that he was simply taking a photo.

‘Kindly delete it, sir,’ came the reply.

 

BBC pundit Alex Scott wore rainbow armband for England game on live TV and declares: Boycotting Qatar World Cup is the ‘easy option’

England may have backed down but BBC presenter Alex Scott defied Fifa’s ban on the rainbow armband as she broadcast from pitchside yesterday.

It was decided at the eleventh hour that England captain Harry Kane would no longer wear the anti-discrimination and LGBT rights symbol against Iran following pressure from football’s governing body.

But BBC pundit Miss Scott took the opportunity to wear the OneLove armband pitchside yesterday at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha during the build up to the England game.

Miss Scott, a former England international with 140 caps, has been a vocal critic of Qatar’s treatment of LGBT people and the country’s human rights record.

‘And once again we reference Infantino from what he said: you are not gay, you will never understand travelling to a country where you are fearing for your life just because of your preference of who you choose to love,’ she said during the coverage of the opening game of the tournament on Sunday.

‘To keep saying that football is for everyone, that’s what he keeps feeding us with, but we sit here and it’s not [for everyone] because people have not been able to travel to watch their team and support their team out of fear.’

She insisted it would have been easy to boycott the tournament and that she went to the World Cup in Qatar because she wants to have the ‘harder conversations’.

Miss Scott said: ‘Actually I’ve had conversations saying, ‘I should be staying at home, I should be boycotting’ and I thought long and hard about it. I think for me personally that would have been the easy option to do just that.

‘I’m here because I love my job and, when I think about it, sitting here and having the harder conversations: we’re talking about the migrant workers, LGBTQ+ community, we’re talking about women’s rights.

‘You think about four years ago, I was the first female pundit for the BBC at a World Cup. You think how far we’ve moved in four years. Let’s hope, in the next four years, we’re never having to have these conversations again.’

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand hit out at the decision of teams to not wear the rainbow armband accusing the countries of ‘folding like a pack of cards’ following a bit of pressure.

 

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