On Monday, the BBC reported a story which noted that several of their journalists spent two days in jail for the crime of reporting the truth about the poor conditions under which migrant workers are treated in Qatar. The journalists were told they were being held due to “national security,” and were also told: “This is not Disneyland – You can’t stick your camera anywhere.”
The BBC says that other reporters have been detained in a similar matter when investigating this story. Why is anyone shocked that a country which is ruled in part by Sharia law does not allow press freedom?
Qatar “has been funding and providing refuge to an increasing number of terrorist groups and allies in recent years, including most recently the Islamic State (IS).”
As Lamborn noted in a letter, “The past few years have seen Qatar grow into a major hub for terrorist operatives and terrorism finance.” He continued, “The Qatari government turns a blind eye to terrorist fundraising for al Qaeda and the Islamic State by U.S.-designated persons within its borders. Further evidence suggests that Qatar has directly armed or financed multiple Islamist groups in the region, undermining U.S. objectives in pivotal countries such as Libya, Egypt, and Syria by pushing those places toward violent extremism.”
Qatar funds Hamas, and has long been friendly to the Muslim Brotherhood.
For me, as an entrepreneur who owns a leading independent PR firm, I found it interesting that this trip on which BBC journalists were imprisoned was organized by Portland Communications, a European PR Agency on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office.
At the Beverly Hills Hotel, they boycott sharia law – elsewhere they celebrate it. At least something was right in Qatar – sharia law “is not Disneyland.”
NY-based author & entrepreneur Ronn Torossian regularly comments on social issues.