TV reporter had wallet stolen from bag live while reporting on Qatar World Cup
An Argentinian television journalist says she was robbed while live at the World Cup in Qatar, with money and documents stolen from her bag.
Dominique Metzger of the Todo Noticias (TN) network said she was dancing with football fans during a broadcast from Doha’s Corniche ahead of Sunday’s first game.
Although the alleged robbery was not filmed, Ms Metzger said she was convinced it was during the live crossing when someone opened her bag and took her wallet.
The journalist told her network that her wallet was stolen, in which she had credit cards, cash and documents.
She lodged a complaint at a police station in Doha – in a women-only area – and was told the Corniche area was under camera surveillance, TN reports.
During an interview about the incident on TN, Ms Metzger said officials had promised to identify the suspect and she could choose to punish the suspected thief.
Ms Metzger said she was shocked by the police response.
“They said to me, ‘What do you want justice to do about this? We will find the wallet… We have cameras everywhere, high tech cameras and we will find the thief with face detection technology. What do you want justice to do to them when they are found? »
Ms Metzger said she asked the officers what they were talking about. They responded by asking, “’Do you want him sentenced to five years in prison, deported?’ He asked me to make the decision.
“I told them I just wanted my wallet back, I wouldn’t make the decision for the court system,” she told TN.
A number of journalists covering the World Cup encountered problems with security authorities in Doha.
Danish journalist Rasmus Tantholdt was live when he was approached by security personnel who tried to stop the broadcast and threatened to break his camera. The World Cup chiefs have since apologised.
Meanwhile, Irish journalist Tony O’Donoghue said he was arrested by police while filming a play on camera and blamed miscommunication between tournament organizers and security officials.
Security and surveillance in Doha have been tightened for the World Cup.
The Telegraph reported that fans are watched by 20,000 cameras with facial recognition technology across the eight stadiums, making it the most watched tournament of its kind.
Fans will be monitored from the time they enter the stadium area until they leave and across the tiny Gulf state, local organizers told The Telegraph.