INADI releases guide for journalists covering Qatar 2022 World Cup: what it recommends

INADI releases guide for journalists covering Qatar 2022 World Cup: what it recommends

In a 21-page document, the body, chaired by Victoria Donda, opposed the use of expressions, chants and stereotypes when narrating and/or commentating on football matches.

Victoria Donda on the sidelines of the World Cup
Victoria Donda on the sidelines of the World Cup

The National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI) and the Public Defender’s Office of the Audiovisual Communications Service jointly published Recommendation booklet For communicators and journalists ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The 21-page document recommends, among other topics, to avoid discrimination when naming players from other countries, not to share violent images such as kicks and riots, among others, and to avoid offensive chants. .

The guidelines state in principle that “certain precautions must be taken to ensure that rights are not violated in the hustle and bustle of work”. He then goes on to “offer certain tools so that journalists working on reports, on mobile phones or commentating on the floor, can perform their task more easily“. From this, four axes were formed for the debate – racism and xenophobia, violence in games, discrimination and gender and sexual diversity.

Racism and xenophobia

The unit, led by Victoria Donda, begins with advice Not using the word “black” or the construction “dark skin” or similar. Instead, it insists on using the designation “Afro” or “Afro-descendant”.

FILE - A view outside the Doha Convention Center in Qatar on March 31, 2022.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
FILE – A view outside the Doha Convention Center in Qatar on March 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

On the second page of the report, it asks for the recommendation to be disseminated when referring to negative facts or illegal and covert practices. For example, He thinks it’s wrong to say phrases like “the team’s luck seems black” or “he bought the ticket on the black market”.

Along these lines, it suggests “avoiding the use of ethnic references in a discriminatory way…of the cultural diversity of people and their identities”. And it gives an example of what not to do: “The player’s statements were Indian, he didn’t understand anything”.

Finally, he asks not to fall into generalizations and stigmatization based on ethnic origin –“Black people have to run a lot”– or religions, beliefs and cults that reproduce simplistic, spectacular and criminalized images –“Islam is a religion that supports violent attitudes”-.

Violence in the game

Regarding what happens on the field, INADI believes that the media should not “endorse or promote situations of violence against referees, assistants and technical staff of the team”, in addition. “Avoid images of kicks, riots, flags or invasions”.

It also expresses itself “against speaking positively about plays that involve harmful actions and/or harming an opponent”, referring to constructions such as “the opponent is the enemy on the field of play”.

In this context, the body wants to prevent them from promoting or multiplying “Offensive chants or comments from biased teams”, including songs that Remind the other team about paternity results or number of games won.

He makes a final request related to “warrior” language—related to comparisons that refer to conflict, war, or the scenario of an unresolved drama. “Today is kill or be killed” or “The game of life or death” are two expressions condemned in the letter.


similarly, Seeks to promote a “respectful approach to body diversity and avoid ridicule and stigmatization,” whether it’s a player’s weight or even the style of cut used during match play.

“We recommend not using adjectives or comments to disqualify a performance based on people’s age or disability,” he advises below, highlighting three examples to illustrate: “You’re too old for this sport,” “That the referee is blind,” and “He He must have a wooden leg to hit him like that.”

The section also requests that stigmatized animal metaphors not be used, When comparing teams or fans to “monkeys” or “donkeys”.

Gender and sexual diversity

In the final sections of the manual, INADI asks not to use stereotypes based on preconceived attributes of masculinity. As “a team of men showing their manhood”.

In addition, it advocates “preventing comments and the dissemination of sexual and/or objectifying images about women attending the stadium.” He disapproves, for example, of emphasizing the beauty of fans/Kos with phrases like “How beautiful Croatian fans are!”.

Source: La Nacion