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During the World Cup: London removes Qatar advertising in local transport – the reaction follows promptly

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Due to criticism of human rights standards in the World Cup host country Qatar, London buses and subways no longer advertise the desert state. The city’s transport company Transport for London confirmed to the “Financial Times” that such advertisements had not been shown since this week, the newspaper reported on Saturday.

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A few years ago, on the instructions of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the transport company had already banned advertising from countries in which homosexuality is punishable by law – however, there was initially a tourism campaign from Qatar on London billboards around the World Cup.

In response, Qatar wants to review existing and planned investments in London and other British cities, the Financial Times reported, citing a source involved.

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The latter told the newspaper that one had the impression that Qatari investments were not welcome in the British capital and accused the British of having double standards. There was initially no official statement from Qatar.

Investments from Qatar are currently omnipresent in London: The luxury department store Harrods belongs to Qatari investors, as does the mega high-rise “Shard”. The Qataris also hold shares in the UK’s largest airport, Heathrow, and in several hotel chains. In addition, the desert state is an important supplier for the United Kingdom in the energy sector. (dpa)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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