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Camerawoman sacked by TV station for tripping fleeing migrants

Pablo Gorondi

Published 10/09/2015 | 02:30

In this image taken from TV a Hungarian camerawoman, center left in blue, kicks out at a young migrant who had just crossed the border from Serbia near Roszke Hungary
In this image taken from TV a Hungarian camerawoman, center left in blue, kicks out at a young migrant who had just crossed the border from Serbia near Roszke Hungary
A migrant carrying a child falls after tripping on TV camerawoman (R) Petra Laszlo while trying to escape from a collection point in Roszke village, Hungary

A Hungarian camerawoman for an ultranationalist online TV channel has been fired after reporters filmed her kicking and tripping migrants as they fled from police.

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Yesterday's footage went viral within hours on social media. The N1TV channel's editor, Szabolcs Kisberk, said that the camerawoman, widely identified as Petra Laszlo, had been immediately sacked.

He said she "behaved unacceptably" at the police-supervised collection point for Arabs, Asians and Africans crossing the border from Serbia near the village of Roszke.

In videos and images posted online by multiple videographers and photojournalists, Laszlo can be seen making sideways karate-style kicks into the knees of two people - a young man and a pony-tailed teenage girl - as they ran past her. Both stumbled but neither fell as Laszlo continued filming.

She also was seen filming a running man carrying a young boy in his arms - then sticking out her leg to trip him as he passed. The man and boy tumbled to the ground, the man falling on top of the child.

The boy can be seen crying in apparent pain as the man leaps up to curse at the camerawoman.

Two left-wing opposition parties - the Democratic Coalition and Dialogue for Hungary - both said they would report Laszlo to police in hopes of getting her charged with assault, a crime with a potential prison sentence.

Dialogue for Hungary lawmaker Timea Szabo said Laszlo demonstrated "the pits of human behaviour."

Irish Independent

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