A British news team claims it was kicked out of Bahrain ahead of Sunday’s Formula One race, following a dispute with authorities.
ITV News reporter Rageh Omaar, a cameraman and producer said they were detained by police before being told to leave the Gulf country on Friday morning, The Guardian reported.
The team were on official visas to cover news surrounding the F1, including potential political protests.The controversial race went ahead on Sunday despite street violence threatening to disrupt it, and was won by Sebastien Vettel.
Many journalists have been barred from entering Bahrain during the event. The ITV News crew said they had valid media visas but were asked to leave after filing a report on Thursday.
"Our news team were on assignment with visas approved by the Bahraini authorities," a spokeswoman for ITV News told the UK newspaper. "Having filed a report last night [Thursday], they were stopped while filming this morning and taken to a local police station for discussions with officers. They have since been asked to leave the country, which they are in the process of doing."