Hungarian Journalist Fired After Being Caught on Camera Kicking and Tripping Migrants

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An Internet television channel associated with Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party fired a camera operator on Tuesday after images of her kicking and tripping migrants spread across social networks.

The camerawoman, identified as Petra Laszlo by the Hungarian news site 444.hu, was captured on video tripping a migrant fleeing from the police at a makeshift relocation camp in Roszke, a few hundred yards from the Serbian border.

Lage in #Roeszke #Hungary weiter schlimm – Polizei überfordert – Flüchtlinge durchbrechen Polizeikette – Verletzte! pic.twitter.com/GlMGqGwABb
— Stephan Richter (@RichterSteph) Sept. 8, 2015

The most shameful moment a journalist has done to #refugees during this refugee wave…#refugeeswelcome pic.twitter.com/FGAIsQy6k6
— Balazs Csekö (@balazscseko) Sept. 8, 2015

Frustrated at the conditions in the camp, hundreds of migrants — among them Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans — burst through police lines at the camp on Tuesday, the CNN correspondent Arwa Damon reported.

#hungary “holding field” close 2 #serbia border & the same question always hear “why are they treating us like this?” pic.twitter.com/O8Kto2boXA
— Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN) Sept. 7, 2015

After more images appeared online showing Ms. Laszlo kicking migrants, including a child, her employer, N1TV, which works to popularize the virulently anti-immigrant Jobbik party, said in a brief statement that she had “behaved in an unacceptable manner,” and had been fired.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Robert Mackey

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