December 1, 2021

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Journalists Arrested During World Cup Slavery Allegation Investigation

Two journalists from Norway, Halvor Ekeland and Lokman Ghorbani, experienced an unpleasant incident. Both were arrested during an investigation in Qatar related to the 2022 World Cup.

Ekeland and Ghorbani’s focus is to reveal the labor situation in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Indeed, the public has been presented with bad news regarding the welfare of the workforce during preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

From the information that has been circulating so far, workers in Qatar are extorted, paid minimal wages, and do not get insurance. The death rate due to work accidents is also fairly high, but it has never been revealed to the media. Ekeland and Ghorbani tried to dig up information and prove the report.

Many workers are afraid : They tried to interview a number of workers there. However, got no results.

When doing a live broadcast, coincidentally both of them work at the NRK television station, Ekeland stated that the workers did not want to be interviewed. Also, when speaking in front of the camera, Ekeland stated that there was fear in the eyes of the workers when they were about to be interviewed.

When I asked them if they wanted to be interviewed, there was an aura of fear in their eyes,” Ekeland was quoted as saying by the Irish Times .

Detained 36 hours : The footage has spread everywhere and was witnessed by the Qatari authorities. Then, when they were about to leave the hotel, they were arrested by the police for questioning.

For 36 hours, Ekeland and Ghorbani were detained by Qatari police. They were asked a number of questions related to reporting activities there. Until finally, they were released and were able to return to Oslo.

“We were asked a number of questions. But, the important thing is that we are happy to be home. We are going through a difficult period. We have a scheduled meeting with NRK and will comment further after that,” said Ekeland.

Allegedly an attempt to silence the press : NRK has also opened up about this incident. NRK’s ​​Managing Director, Thor Gjermund Eriksen, admitted that he had not received any information as to why the two journalists were detained.

However, he views it as an attempt to silence journalists and free speech in public.

“This is unacceptable, because there are efforts to silence the media and journalistic independence in the world’s biggest sporting event. We will discuss how this case should be handled together with FIFA,” said Eriksen.