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Statement on German film crew detainment | Press releases

Following media reports regarding the German film crew detained in Qatar recently, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy would like to clarify certain inaccuracies surrounding the incident. 

The journalist and the film crew concerned were not arrested as a result of reporting on allegations surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar or FIFA. Any suggestion to the contrary is explicitly false. 

Any media outlet wishing to film in Qatar requires a film permit to do so, as is common in many countries. Any working journalist who has visited Qatar will be aware of this process and understand filming in specific locations without permission runs the risk of legal repercussions. The journalist in question has visited Qatar several times before. 

Furthermore, during the same period a second film crew from the same German network also visited Qatar, gaining access to numerous locations and stakeholders throughout the country. To our knowledge they encountered no such problems. 

 Statement on German film crew detainment