Journalist Filmed Kicking Refugees

Hungarian camerawoman fired for 'unacceptable behavior'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2015 3:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – A journalist working for a far-right TV station is out of a job after she was unable to resist her urge to become part of the story she was covering. The Hungarian camerawoman was filmed kicking and tripping refugees as they tried to get past police at an overcrowded camp in southern Hungary near the border with Serbia yesterday, the New York Times reports. A German journalist filmed Petra Laszlo of N1TV as she tripped a man carrying a young child, causing him to fall on the boy, the Guardian reports.

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Laszlo was also filmed kicking two children as they made their way past the police line. N1TV, which has close links to the far-right Jobbik party, says she has been let go for "unacceptable behavior." The Washington Post reports that many commentators describe her shocking behavior as more evidence that the Hungarian media is strongly biased in favor of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has stepped up the construction of a border fence and says the influx of people needs to be blocked to "keep Europe Christian." (Read more Hungary stories.)

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