A Hungarian journalist has been fired after she stuck out her leg to trip refugees running away from police on Tuesday.
The female N1TV camerawoman, identified by USA Today as Petra László
, was caught on video sticking her leg out as people rushed by her, including a man carrying a child, after scores of refugees near a southern Hungarian camp ran away from police into an open field, Politico reported.
Szabolcs Kisber, N1TV's editor-in-chief, said that the photojournalist "behaved unacceptably," and was let go.
"An employee of N1TV today showed unacceptable behavior at the Roszke collection point," N1TV, which Reuters stated is also recognized as Nemzeti TV
, said in a statement. "We have terminated the contract of the camerawoman with immediate effect today."
USA Today reported that the short video
was captured by German's RTL photojournalist Stephan Richter. The newspaper said that the László could be seen in another video posted by Hungary's Index news agency kicking two other migrants, one of whom appears to be a young girl. The circumstances surrounding that incident were also not immediately clear.
Some journalists spoke out against the László action's on social media.
Reuters reported that more than 150,000 migrants, most escaping war and other conflicts in the Middle East, have escaped into Hungary in record numbers in this year. Authorities have been ordered to capture them so they could be registered but many fear that they would be forced to stay in Hungary.
The news agency reported that Hungary's right-wing government has voiced opposition against the flow of migrants into western Europe, stating that they threaten the region's prosperity and "Christian values."
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