Hungarian camerawoman fired for kicking, tripping refugees

Hungarian TV camerawoman fired following release of footage showing her purposely kicking and tripping refugees as they ran from police line in south of country

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A young refugee watches policemen at a refugee collection point near Roszke village near the Hungarian-Serbian border on September 8, 2015

Updated Sep 9, 2015

A Hungarian TV camerawoman, Petra Laszlo, was fired on Tuesday after footage was released appearing to show Laszlo intentionally kicking and tripping refugees as they ran from a police line at Roszke in the south of the country.

Laszlo can be clearly seen in two seperate videos respectively to be tripping a man sprinting while carrying a child in his arms, and kicking another running child.


N1TV, an internet-based TV station close to Hungary's far-right Jobbik party, later on released camera footage of the same incident.

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

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

The incidents took place as hundreds of asylum seekers fleeing their war-torn countries broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border.

Hungary is located on a major overland transit journey from the Middle East and Africa for refugees who have fled famine, poverty and war, with more than 140,000 people crossing its southern border with Serbia this year alone.

The Hungarian government has sought to deal with the huge influx of refugees by reinforcing its borders with Serbia with a razor-wire fence.

Budapest is further tightening measures on border crossings by refugees by imposing harsh laws and allocating more than 2,000 so-called "border hunter" patrols to track “trespassers” by September.

TRTWorld and agencies