A journalist for Hungary’s N1TV channel associated with the far-right Jobbik party has been fired after her colleagues filmed her kicking and tripping up migrants fleeing from the police.
Camerawoman Petra László was filming at a migrants’ center near the village of Roszke on the Hungarian-Serbian border when hundreds of migrants broke through a police cordon in a field.
At one point, she found herself in the middle of a throng of people running from the police. After a couple of migrants bumped into László, she moved to one and aimed a kick at a young refugee girl passing by.
Later on, filming a police officer trying to detain a man carrying a young boy, the journalist apparently deliberately stuck her leg out and tripped the man up, causing him to fall on the ground along with the child.
A migrant carrying a child falls after tripping on a TV camerawoman (R) while trying to escape from a collection point in Roszke village, Hungary, September 8, 2015. © Marko Djurica / Reuters
On a video posted on Twitter by journalist Stephan Richter, László’s deliberate actions are evident and clearly visible.
Hungary's N1TV issued a statement condemning what it said was unacceptable behavior by its employee, and said that László had been "released" from her contract.
Europe is gripped by a growing refugee crisis, and Hungary is bearing the brunt remains of a wave of thousands of refugees fleeing civil war, bombing and violence in the Middle East and North Africa.
Tens of thousands of migrants are breaking into the European Union, using Hungary as a transit country as they seek to travel to richer countries such as Germany, Austria or Sweden.