Authorities in Qatar detained two journalists from Norway who were covering human rights issues involving foreign workers ahead of next year's soccer World Cup.
The Qatari government said on Wednesday that the crew from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK were taken into custody on Monday for trespassing on private property. Migrant workers live in that area of the capital Doha. It said the journalists were released early next day.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a tweet that the journalists' arrest is "unacceptable." He added "A free press is crucial in a functioning democracy."
Migrant workers have been constructing stadiums, roads and hotels for the tournament which kicks off in November 2022. Many are from South Asian nations, such as India and Nepal.
Amnesty International says thousands of workers have died over the past decade under harsh conditions.
Concerns are being voiced worldwide over the welfare of migrant workers in Qatar. Players from a number of countries, including Norway, are calling for working conditions to be improved.