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TV Journalist Filmed Kicking Refugee Children, Tripping Man

She was later fired over the incidents.

A camera operator for a Hungarian TV network was caught on video apparently kicking two refugee children and tripping a man carrying a child as they tried to flee into a cornfield. 

The journalist was identified as Petra Laszlo of the N1TV channel, which is linked to the country's far-right Jobbik party, according to The Guardian. The party is known for its anti-immigrant views, and has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism

Laszlo was later fired, N1TV editor-in-chief Szabolcs Kisberk wrote on Facebook

The refugees were trying to flee from police at a makeshift camp set up in Roszke, near the Serbian border, The New York Times reported. The camp includes refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Femcai Radio posted slow-motion, zoomed footage of the two clips. One clip shows Laszlo tripping a man carrying a child, who both fall to the ground. 

 

Another shows Laszlo kicking a boy and then a girl, who both keep running: 

 

Reaction on social media was swift. Along with tweets decrying Laszlo, someone created a "Petra Laszlo Wall of Shame" Facebook page.

The Guardian reports Laszlo may face charges of violence against a member of the community, which could carry a prison sentence of up to five years. 

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