The Federation of African Journalists blew a new scandal about the UAE about its incitement of press unions to boycott the World Cup scheduled in Qatar next year.
In a statement obtained by Emirates Leaks, the Union of African Journalists condemned the UAE’s interference and contact with African press unions to boycott the World Cup in Qatar and incite against Doha.
Following a meeting of the African Journalists Union in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, the statement was issued over the past two days.
“We strongly condemn the UAE’s attempts to manipulate journalists’ organizations in Africa to issue public statements or campaign against the 2022 FIFA World Cup that the State of Qatar will host,” the statement said.
The statement stressed the UAE’s rejection of the UAE’s attempts to involve journalists in Africa in political disputes and to manipulate them and their organizations in connection with Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup organization.
The statement affirmed complete support for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) decision on the human rights situation that the situation of workers in Qatar and the remarkable progress it has made in all fields.
The statement decided to facilitate African journalists’ coverage of the 2022 World Cup directly and provide the African people with a full opportunity to follow the global event.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) urged the national teams qualified from Africa to be vigilant against these exploitative attempts and ensure Africa’s dignity.
Two days ago, Emirates Leaks revealed detailed about UAE’s funds to Humanity United to incite Qatar
The UAE is revealed to have used Humanity United, which has close ties to suspicious investments in Abu Dhabi and receives structured funding to incite Qatar.
Documents obtained by Emirates Leaks showed that the UAE paid commissions up to tens of millions of dollars to those in charge of Humanity United to publish articles and fabricated reports against Doha.
According to the documents, the contractual relationship between the UAE and Humanity United began in 2014. The foundation’s work strategy is mainly based on media incitement against Qatar until the end of the 2022 World Cup.
Humanity United is active in the media to distort Qatar’s image, especially concerning expatriate workers and equipping facilities for the World Cup scheduled in Doha next year.
The documents also showed that Humanity United is active in contracting with human rights organizations and journalists with large sums of money provided by the UAE. It includes stimulating the attack on Qatar and an attempt to offend it and tarnish its image.
The documents showed that the institution, with instructions and Emirati directives, stood behind dozens of incitement materials in the newspaper against Qatar for a long time, with external funding.
The Omidyar Group established humanity United in 2005.
The foundation adopts the slogan “opposing regulations that contribute to human exploitation and violent conflict” and relies on external funds from unknown sources.
It is noted that periodic reports have been published in newspapers such as The Guardian at the suggestion of Humanity United, which claims to adopt the slogan of “opposing regimes that contribute to human exploitation and violent conflict” and relies on external funds of unknown sources.
Upon scrutiny of the Omidyar Group’s record, it owns large-scale investments in the United Arab Emirates, which raises doubts about its intention to direct inflammatory reports that lack facts and evidence to serve its commercial interests.
The Guardian newspaper recently published a report claiming that foreign workers working in equipping World Cup facilities in Qatar received low wages and gave fabricated stories without any evidence.
Before that, The Guardian published a report on the proposal of Humanity United, a report deliberately exaggerating the deaths among the Asian workers in Qatar, which hosts about 1.5 million workers out of more than 2 million.
However, the documentary analysis showed that the numbers contained in the Guardian report on deaths in Qatar are at a minimum compared to the death rate of expatriate workers in the Arab Gulf states.
According to the newspaper’s report, 6,500 Asian workers spent ten years constructing World Cup buildings. The workers are nationals of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Looking at the figure issued by the Guardian, we find that the annual death rate among Indian workers in Qatar is about 650 cases annually out of the 1.3 million migrant workers from the five Asian countries, currently about 1.5 million out of more than 2 million migrant workers.
This means that the rate is five deaths per ten thousand, which is about half the natural rate of Qatari deaths annually, and less than 6% of the death rate in high-income countries, which is about 90 deaths per 10,000, and less than 7% of the annual death rate in India.
When comparing the numbers of deaths among Asian workers with Qatari citizens, we discover a strong convergence in the numbers. However, the number of workers from the five countries is more than five times the number of Qatari citizens.
According to the Qatari Ministry of Statistics and Planning, the number of deaths among Qatari citizens between 2010 and 2020 reached approximately 6,790.
According to the official statistics of Qatar, the number of Qataris is five times less than the number of immigrants from the five countries mentioned in the Guardian newspaper report, which refutes the claim about poor working conditions and considers them the leading cause of death.
The International Labor Organization and many international organizations have praised the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for adopting advanced standards to protect foreign workers who participate in work related to the World Cup, including standards to ensure that workers receive their salaries regularly and to ensure they stay in the best conditions.
The International Labor Organization has previously confirmed that Qatar had made amazing and fundamental changes in recent years to affirm its keenness to respect the rights of all workers in the State of Qatar, not only World Cup workers, and to adhere to the highest standards of security and safety during the construction of the 2022 World Cup facilities.
Over the past ten years, Qatar has embarked on an unprecedented construction program to host the 2022 World Cup. In addition to seven new stadiums, dozens of major projects have been completed or are under implementation, including a new airport, roads, public transport systems, hotels, and a new city that will host the World Cup final.
In the same context, a European Studies Center revealed that the UAE had recruited a huge public relations machine to spread false news about Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup.
The Center for Democracy Transparency (DCT) said that the UAE attempted to inflate Qatar’s reality to push for a European and international boycott of the Qatar World Cup.
The Center expressed its deep concern about the escalating campaign to damage Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup preparations.
The Center’s research team discovered the escalation of the incitement campaign launched by the UAE in the field of public relations and propaganda arms in Europe.
The campaign provides European media with fake figures and statistics on World Cup workers’ deaths and lobbying for a boycott of football federations.
The Center’s teams have tracked down the articles published against the World Cup in Qatar over the past two years and analyzed their sources, the allegations they make, and the sources they suggest.
The teams concluded that the information distributed by the British Guardian newspaper included fake and misleading news that was all fed by a public relations company and a human rights organization with links to the UAE.
The Center explained that all the false reports about the World Cup in the Guardian were presented by Humanity United, which has close commercial relations with the UAE.
The Center pointed out that the aforementioned organization’s reports focused on any negative aspects of the employment situation in Qatar and ignored the broad reforms adopted by Doha.
The Center warned that the basic research in the organization’s reports shows its zero-sum efforts to speak out about human rights violations in the UAE.
A well-known British journalist has previously exposed the UAE’s financial bribes in record amounts to incite Qatar and host the 2022 World Cup.
Journalist Richard Keys said that the UAE’s bribes included media professionals, players and football celebrities and included sums of money and real estate in Dubai.
Keys explained that the UAE led a widespread incitement campaign against Qatar and questioned its eligibility to host the World Cup event.