Qatar accuses The Guardian of exploiting journalists

DOHA: Following a shocking expose into the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar printed in The Guardian today, the gas-rich state has chosen to hit back, accusing the UK newspaper of exploiting its own journalists.

In a statement released this afternoon, Qatari officials claimed that the newspaper was involved in the “gross mistreatment of its editorial staff,” many of whom, it asserted, “were living in squalid conditions”.

“Over the years, this supposedly respectable broadsheet has increased its use of freelancers, many of whom are paid less than twenty-five English pence per word,” it claimed, adding that such writers had to “provide their own equipment and often risked severe back problems in later life through excessive hours spent hunched over a laptop”.

Qatar also attacked the editing of the paper, which it claimed was unjustly aligned in the favour of breaking news and not for the benefit of its writers.

“Sometimes, journalists will spend hours labouring over an article, which will then be pulled at the last minute by unscrupulous editors should a major news story come through, or sometimes edited down to a mere fraction of its original size, often with outrageous typos.”

The statement concluded that alcohol abuse was “rampant” among The Guardian’s workforce.

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8 Responses to Qatar accuses The Guardian of exploiting journalists

  1. Sad Intern September 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Hahahahaha this one’s for the classics !

  2. sarahjane September 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Very good. Very good indeed. *Grins*

  3. sarahjane September 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

    PS. I can only speak for the cricket writers but it’s true: they’re all alkies. Seriously.

    • Roast Beef September 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Not true on all counts! Everyone knows that the Guardian is written by a colony of umpa-lumpas that live in a cave under Fleet Street. Double-standards or what!

      • Isac Hunt September 27, 2013 at 9:34 am


        That explains the typos that appear in every edition, the umpa-lumpas cant reach the whole keyboard. Just thought they where sloppy.

  4. Ali up circus performer September 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Are the umpa-lumpas employed as shorthand typists

  5. Rh- September 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Funnily the Qataris missed out their allegations … the ‘alleged’ use at the gruaniad of poorly paid/not paid interns, rampant tax avoidance, trafficking in illegally obtained data and shocking spilling! ;o)

  6. Invinoveritas September 28, 2013 at 5:02 am

    And the use of tons of paper, a fast depleting resource, is nothing short of a crime against humanity. Amazing Quatari officials missed this gross violation.


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