Hungarian TV Journalist Filmed Kicking Refugee Kids

Hungarian TV Journalist Filmed  Kicking Refugee KidsHungarian TV Journalist Filmed  Kicking Refugee Kids

A camera operator for a Hungarian nationalist television channel closely linked to the country’s far-right Jobbik party has been filmed kicking two refugee children and tripping up a man with baby in arms at the border hotspot of Roszke on Tuesday.

Petra Laszlo of N1TV was filming a group of refugees running away from police officers, when a man carrying a child in his arms ran in front of her. Laszlo stuck her leg out in front of the man, causing him to fall on the child he was carrying. He turned back and remonstrated with Laszlo, who continued filming.

A 20-second video of the scene was posted on Twitter by Stephan Richter, a reporter for the German television channel RTL and soon went viral, leading to the creation of a Facebook group “The Petra Laszlo Wall of Shame,” the Guardian reported.

Hungary’s leading news website Index had also caught Laszlo kicking a young girl and boy.

N1TV said Laszlo had been dismissed due to “unacceptable behavior”.

The channel’s editor in chief Szabolcs Kisberk said in a statement posted on the station’s website: “The camerawoman’s employment has today been terminated with immediate effect, the case is now closed for us.”

As well as speeches made by the Jobbik leader Gabor Vona, the channel’s website also contains articles with such headlines as “migrants have swarmed all over the shops” and “Guantanamo = Hungary?”

Hundreds of angry comments appeared on the Facebook group set up to condemn Laszlo’s actions on Tuesday evening.

Opposition parties Együtt-PM and the Democratic Coalition have said they will initiate charges of violence against a member of the community, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, against Laszlo.