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BBC skips airing opening ceremony of World Cup, focuses instead on Qatar corruption

Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani waves to the crowd beside FIFA President Giovanni Infantino, left, prior the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, November 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani waves to the crowd beside FIFA President Giovanni Infantino, left, prior the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, November 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The UK national broadcaster BBC does not air the flashy opening ceremony of the Qatar World Cup, broadcasting instead a story about the corruption and poor human rights record of the host nation.

The ceremony could be viewed on the BBC website, but the TV network instead airs an investigation into the corruption behind Qatar’s bid process, the exploitation of migrant workers who built the stadiums, and the lack of gay rights, women’s rights and freedom of speech in the conservative Muslim nation.

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