HUNGARY

Hungarian journalist fired for kicking migrants

YouTube screengrab | A Hungarian camerawoman was fired from her job for kicking migrants on Tuesday 8 September, 2015

A camerawoman for a private Hungarian television channel was fired late on Tuesday after footage of her kicking migrants fleeing police on Hungary’s southern border spread online.

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The video footage shows the camerawoman, later identified as Petra Laszlo, kicking a young girl and tripping up a man carrying a child as hundreds of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, broke away from police at the newly opened Röszke collection point where thousands have been crossing each day for the past month.

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

"An employee of N1TV today showed unacceptable behavior at the Röszke collection point," N1TV said in a statement. "We have terminated the contract of the camerawoman with immediate effect today."

Szabolcs Kisberk, chief editor at the TV station, called the incident "shocking and unacceptable”.

Video footage of the Hungarian journalist tripping migrants

Over 150,000 migrants, many of them refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, have been recorded entering Hungary so far this year.

Police have been trying to round them up and register them in line with European Union rules, but many migrants refuse, fearing that they will then be forced to stay in Hungary.

Hungary's right-wing government has taken a hard line on the flow of migrants across its borders en route to western Europe, portraying them as a threat to European prosperity and "Christian values".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

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