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Posted On: 25 February 2021 10:44 am
Updated On: 25 February 2021 10:04 pm

[UPDATED] Twitteratis slam Guardian's deceiving report on migrant worker deaths in Qatar

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[UPDATED 25 February 10 pm]

In response to The Guardian's article, the Government Communications Office has released an official statement on its website. GCO highlighted that "Unfortunately, of the millions of residents from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal who have lived in Qatar from 2011 to 2019, a very small percentage have sadly passed away."

Qatar's efforts in transforming its healthcare system were also mentioned as well as the consistent decline in mortality rate since 2010 as a result of health and safety reforms.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE: GCO releases statement in response to The Guardian report

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A recent report made by The Guardian has been trending online due to its misleading nature. The deceiving post claims that "more than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since it won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago."

While the report presented the number of deaths of migrant workers from India, Bangladesh, Nepal Sri Lanka and Pakistan, it failed to cite how many of these people were working on World Cup projects. Because of this report, many took to social media to voice out their dismay. Some pointed out that it was written in a way that will manipulate readers into thinking that these deaths were because of World Cup infrastructure projects and not of any other causes.

In 2013, The Guardian also published a similar article about the International Trade Union Confederation's (ITUC) claim that Qatar World Cup construction 'will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead'.

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