Two German filmmakers were detained for 27 hours by police in Qatar, reportedly for filming migrant laborers working at construction sites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Peter Giesel, 45, and Robin Ahne, 25, were told by Qatari officers they did not have permission to film and that they risked "sparking a riot" among the laborers, according to The Guardian. The filmmakers later said that during their Oct. 3 arrest, Qatari officials tried to manipulate and erase some of their footage.
The two were following up on a Guardian report that found dozens of Nepalese workers had died recently while toiling on World Cup construction sites while others face work conditions that amount to "modern-day slavery."
AFP reports that Qatari government officials have denied the Guardian's claims about worker exploitation and said the paper "exaggerated" the numbers of dead.
The International Trade Union Confederation, a global labor union, has said that up to 4,000 workers could die during construction of Qatar's World Cup infrastructure if the government does not enact reforms soon.