Hungarian TV photojournalist fired for kicking fleeing migrants

The woman, later named as Petra Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms


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Photojournalist Petra Laszlo trips a refugee who was carrying a child as they broke a police line.

BUDAPEST: A Hungarian TV photojournalist was fired on Tuesday after footage appeared to show her kicking migrants, including children, as they ran from a police line during disturbances at Roszke, southern Hungary.

The woman, later named as Petra Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child in two separate incidents.

Footage of the incident from the photojournalist's perspective later appeared on N1TV, an internet-based TV station close to Hungary's far-right Jobbik party.

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"An N1TV colleague today behaved in an unacceptable way at the Roszke collection point," said a statement from N1TV's editor-in-chief Szabolcs Kisberk posted on the channel's Facebook page later.

"The camerawoman's employment contract has been terminated with immediate effect as of today, we consider the matter closed," it read.

The scenes took place as hundreds of migrants broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border where thousands have been crossing over each day for the past month.

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