We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister’s office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May – but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs.
… During a pause in proceedings, one officer whispered that I couldn’t make a phone call to let people know where we were. He explained that our detention was being dealt with as a matter of national security.
An hour into my grilling, one of the interrogators brought out a paper folder of photographs which proved they had been trailing me in cars and on foot for two days since the moment I’d arrived.
… I can only report on what has happened now that our travel ban has been lifted. … Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International’s Gulf migrant rights researcher, told us the detentions of journalists and activists could be attempts “to intimidate those who seek to expose labour abuse in Qatar”.