GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO THE WASHINGTONPOST
The government's Communication Office criticised a WashingtonPost report for distorting facts.
It is rare for the government to respond to news reports from the global media, but that was until Washington Post's online report entitled "The Human Toll of FIFA's Corruption" went viral. The anchor of the story was a startling infographic which compared the deaths related to construction activities in the recent Olympic Games and World Cups – little human shapes that indicated 1 in London, 10 in Brazil, 6 in Beijing, and in Qatar the figures stretched down and beyond the ends of the page, in blood red. But Qatar called out this report for comparing deaths that happened in the migrant community in general in Qatar to specific constructionrelated deaths in the other cases. Saying that the report has no basis in fact, the statement also added, "After almost 5 million work-hours on World Cup construction sites, not a single worker's life has been lost. Not one." While the article was "updated to reflect the fact that figures include total migrant worker deaths in Qatar, not just World Cup-related deaths", the infographic didn't include this caveat. "Enormous damage has been done to Qatar's image and reputation," the statement said and its demand for the report to recanted and removed hasn't yet been met.