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Journalist tested for HIV without knowledge as he moved to Qatar

The man, who has not been identified, agreed to undergo medical tests at the request of [al Jazeera] when he moved to the Gulf state to take up an editor’s post at the Qatari broadcaster’s English channel in October 2010.
A month later, he was summoned to a meeting in the offices of al Jazeera where he was told his visa application had been denied and he was being deported. No reason was given.
The man, an experienced journalist who moved to the country alone, was taken by car to Doha Prison where he was put in a crowded cell and subjected to a full-body medical examination in front of other detainees.
When he was released after nearly a day’s detention, he was told that his al Jazeera contract had been terminated and he should leave Qatar within 48 hours or face arrest.
When the man returned to South Africa, he underwent further medical tests and found out that he was HIV positive.
Qatar is one of five countries that restricts people living with HIV/Aids from its residency rules.
The man said he was demanding his job back without success. “I have not been contacted by anyone in management from al Jazeera since I was deported,” he said. “I really simply want my job back, a job I can actually do from the Johannesburg offices of al-Jazeera.” [read more]

Journalist tested for HIV without knowledge as he moved to Qatar

The man, who has not been identified, agreed to undergo medical tests at the request of [al Jazeera] when he moved to the Gulf state to take up an editor’s post at the Qatari broadcaster’s English channel in October 2010.

A month later, he was summoned to a meeting in the offices of al Jazeera where he was told his visa application had been denied and he was being deported. No reason was given.

The man, an experienced journalist who moved to the country alone, was taken by car to Doha Prison where he was put in a crowded cell and subjected to a full-body medical examination in front of other detainees.

When he was released after nearly a day’s detention, he was told that his al Jazeera contract had been terminated and he should leave Qatar within 48 hours or face arrest.

When the man returned to South Africa, he underwent further medical tests and found out that he was HIV positive.

Qatar is one of five countries that restricts people living with HIV/Aids from its residency rules.

The man said he was demanding his job back without success. “I have not been contacted by anyone in management from al Jazeera since I was deported,” he said. “I really simply want my job back, a job I can actually do from the Johannesburg offices of al-Jazeera.” [read more]

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    If this is true, it’s pretty shocking. via
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    Jazeera, this is not on :(
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