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BBC journalists arrested on official visit to Qatar

A model of Al Rayyan Stadium, being built for the World Cup Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

A BBC news crew has been arrested in Qatar while on an official visit to the country.

The crew were among other members of the press invited to tour new workers' accommodation, following ongoing international outcry at the poor conditions faced by the men building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

However, the crew found themselves arrested by Qatari security services, and jailed and aggressively interrogated for two days.

In an article for the BBC, Middle East business correspondent Mark Lobel spoke of "hostile" questioning.

He wrote: "Thirteen hours of waiting around and questioning later, one of the interrogators snapped. 'This is not Disneyland,' he barked. 'You can't stick your camera anywhere.'"

In a statement, the Qatari government said: "By trespassing on private property and running afoul of Qatari laws, the BBC reporter made himself the story. We sincerely hope that this was not his intention.

"Moreover, we deeply regret that he was unable to report the real story, which is that the government and the private sector are making significant progress in efforts to improve the lives and the labour conditions of guest workers in Qatar."

Jeremy Clarkson: Top Gear host suspended by BBC

The BBC has suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson "following a fracas" with a producer.

Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC. Credit: PA Wire

Top Gear will not be shown as scheduled this Sunday following the 54-year-old's suspension, the broadcaster said in a statement.

A BBC statement said: "Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday."

Clarkson and the hit BBC Two show have been dogged by controversy in recent years.

The presenter was said to have been given a final warning last year after video footage emerged appearing to show him using the N-word while reciting nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe during filming.

In another incident, Clarkson and co-stars, James May and Richard Hammond, were forced to flee Argentina after a number plate appearing to refer to the 1982 Falklands conflict sparked anger.

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