This is the moment when insistent Qatari officials interrupt a live TV broadcast and tell a journalist to turn off the cameras.
It’s the latest incident of bullish policing at the World Cup, as overzealous security officials come under scrutiny for harassing reporters and confiscating rainbow flags from fans.
The video shows a tall man in Arabic robes with an official ID card on his chest confronting Argentine journalist Joaquin Alvarez.
Alvarez was interviewing a woman in a wheelchair when the Qatari official interrupted with security guards in tow.
Colleagues from the Buenos Aires studio said: “That’s the government of Qatar.”
The shock incident happened during a live report for a popular show called Nosotros a la Mañana on Argentina’s El Trece channel.
It came after a Danish film crew was threatened by on-air security personnel while they were broadcasting ahead of the World Cup in the capital, Doha.
Alvarez, who usually hosts the show, was joking with Argentinian fans about their favorite TV channel and their favorite show when he was interrupted by the man.
As the camera pans around during the incident, two other men who appear to be security guards can also be seen.
He was forced to stop and show that he was working just seconds after a wheelchair-bound supporter he was fooling around with.
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Alvarez said he was “sad” at the South American nation’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia.
The shock interruption of the live broadcast took place at Barwa Village, a commercial and residential complex on the outskirts of Doha that was being expanded for the World Cup.
The journalist and film crew later resumed filming from the back of a car, with Alvarez telling viewers he was forced to leave the area after being told where he worked was “private.”
Insisting that his papers were in order and that he had all the necessary permits, he said: “I was scared and thought they were going to capture me.
“The person who stopped filming got out of a van and told us in a very rude way that we couldn’t film anymore because we were in a private location.
“I told him we were going to show something nice, but they told us we had to leave and there was a moment where they even wanted to take our gear.”
Thanking well-wishers for their support in a social media post, he raged: “We had a bad experience and what happened was completely unfair because we all had our permits and everything was fine.
“That’s in the past now, just an anecdote. The most important thing for me is that Argentina play again on Saturday.”
Nicolas Magali, who is replacing Alvarez as program presenter while his colleague is covering the World Cup, responded by saying: “This is an example of severe censorship and we have to say that.
“They curtained the camera, wouldn’t let us film, ordered you away in a rude manner, and on top of that the speaker didn’t identify himself.”
The journalist’s wife, Tefi Russo, later said of her husband on social media: “No joke, he screwed himself because even though he had all his papers in order, he’s not at home and was doing a live broadcast , he doesn’t speak the language, it’s a different culture and it’s censorship when you know you’re not doing anything wrong.
“It’s impossible to work and enjoy a World Cup like this.”
Qatari officials finally apologized after a similar incident less than two weeks ago involving the Danish film crew.
TV2 reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was speaking on a live broadcast when he was approached by security personnel who had appeared on a golf buggy next to the newly opened Chedi Hotel in Katara Cultural Village.
Tantholdt showed his accreditation before accusing the henchman of wanting to break camera equipment.
He later said he received an apology from the Supreme Committee of Qatar, the body organizing the World Cup.
Qatar has already faced questions about organizing the World Cup – with reports weeks before it started that the nation simply wasn’t ready.
Confusion over beer sales, infrastructure problems and reports of crowd problems in the fan zone have already surfaced.
The small country is expected to welcome more than a million fans during the tournament – when the country has a population of just 2.9 million.
Billions have been spent preparing the nation for its first attempt at holding an event of this magnitude.
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