by Burak Bekdil
Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, homophobic content has continued to appear in the Qatari media, including in the form of cartoons. Over the last year, the Qatari press has published many cartoons that disparage the LGBTQ community, express apprehension about gay fans visiting Qatar for the games, and stress the need to protect Qatar from pro-LGBTQ attitudes.
These cartoons match the general anti-gay attitude prevalent in Qatar. It should be noted that this discourse is at odds with the joint commitments made by FIFA and Qatar in January 2020, which include a commitment to avoid any form of discrimination against World Cip participants and attendees on account of race, skin color, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Various Qatari spokespersons, chief of them the Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Aal Thani, stress that, although Qatar will welcome all visitors, it expects them to respect its culture and conservative values.
This report presents homophobic cartoons published in the Qatari press over the last year.
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