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Fact check: Are press in World Cup host Qatar truly free?

The host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup portrays itself as an open nation where media may work "freely without interference." But DW's fact check shows that this is not the case.

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A football fan from Saudi Arabia has finally reached Doha after walking 1,600 kilometres from Jeddah to attend the Qatar World Cup matches. Abdullah Al Sulmi, 33, an experienced trekker, arrived on Monday after 55 days. All he carried was a backpack, trekking pole and Saudi and Qatari flags.
3 Nov
Unpaid wages, under-reporting of migrant worker deaths and an eye-watering carbon footprint are just some of the concerns being expressed by human rights groups and environmentalists as Qatar prepares to host one of the planet's biggest sporting events. Just weeks before the opening match, we bring you a special edition on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
3 Nov
Former Germany captain and World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger told DW he's not sure the current crop are good enough to win in Qatar. He also said the controversial World Cup hosts should be judged post-tournament.
12 Nov
Trade unions have described the working conditions as modern slavery: Migrant workers from across the world built the football stadiums in Qatar - in dubious conditions. This is their story.
7 Nov
As kickoff for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar approaches, a gay Qatari doctor with asylum in the U.S. is speaking out against the host country’s record on LGBT rights.
10 Nov
Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA when Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights in 2010, told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger "Qatar is a mistake," adding that "the choice was bad."
15 Nov
The FIFA World Cup is usually a huge event for advertisers. Qatar 2022 is mired in controversy, yet it doesn’t appear to have put off too many of the corporate giants associated with the event.
15 Nov
The World cup, now just under a week away, is the world's most-watched sports competition. But between accusations of corruption and rights abuses in this year's host country Qatar, the 2022 World Cup is arguably among the most controversial.
16 Nov
Sujan Begun came to Qatar from Bangladesh hoping to enable a bette rlife for his family. He returned in a coffin, with the circumstances of his death unclear to this day. Malcolm Bidali from Kenia came to Qatar to work - and ended up in prison. Today, he's back in Kenia and wants to help other migrant workers. Despite the attention surrounding the Soccer World Cup, change seems to be hard to come by in Qatar.
17 Nov
Argentina and Messi land in Qatar ahead of the World Cup
17 Nov
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20 Nov
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