GOV­ERN­MENT RE­SPONDS TO THE WASH­ING­TON­POST

Qatar Today - - AFFAIRS -

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.

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