Camerawoman fired: Hungarian Journalist Fired
Published: September 9, 2015
Camerawoman fired: Hungarian Journalist Fired, A camerawoman for a Hungarian TV channel was fired after she was filmed tripping a man carrying a child while running away from police near Hungary’s border with Serbia, the station said Wednesday.
Petra László, a camera operator for Hungary’s N1TV, was recording migrants fleeing police near the town of RÅ‘szke on Tuesday when another journalist nearby saw her stick her leg in front of the man, causing him to fall on top of the child.
László’s motivation was not immediately clear. Attempts to reach her through N1TV were not successful. The station posted a message Wednesday on its website saying László had been dismissed for “unacceptable behavior.”
The 20-second video was captured by Stephan Richter, a reporter for RTL, a German television channel. He said that he did not know László and referred questions about his video to an email address published on his Twitter feed.
In a separate video published by Hungary’s Index news agency, László can be seen kicking two other migrants, one of whom appears to be a young girl. The circumstances surrounding that incident were also not immediately clear.
Lage in #Roeszke#Hungary weiter schlimm – Polizei überfordert – Flüchtlinge durchbrechen Polizeikette – Verletzte! pic.twitter.com/GlMGqGwABb
— Stephan Richter (@RichterSteph) September 8, 2015
A Facebook “Shame Wall” condemning László’s actions was later set up, and it received hundreds of messages and comments on Wednesday. One comment posted by Marco Ernte described the incident as the “dark side of Europe.”
Media outlets in Hungary and elsewhere reported that N1TV has close links to the country’s far-right, anti-immigration Jobbik political party.
The United Nations warned this week that Hungary needs international help to deal with thousands of migrants crossing its borders to reach Germany and other European Union countries. While Hungary is a member of the EU, it has been criticized for its inconsistent approach to Europe’s migration crisis and for not doing enough to provide shelter and other necessities for people on the move.
Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, is trying to construct a wall along the Hungarian-Serbian border to stem the flow of migrants.
Meanwhile, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, unveiled proposals Wednesday that, if adopted, would bind EU nations to specific refugee quotas. Germany takes in many more refugees than other EU countries.
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