Hungarian Journalist Faces Jail For Kicking Syrian Refugees


Photo journalist Petra Laszlo, who was caught tripping and kicking Syrian refugees on camera near the border village of Roszke, is now facing criminal charges of “violence against a member of the community”, which is punishable by five years in prison. Laszlo was earlier fired by her employer, N1TV – a nationalist news company associated with Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party hostile to immigration of all kinds – calling her behaviour “unacceptable”.

In one clip, Laszlo is seen kicking a young girl who runs past her. In another, she is seen tripping Osama Abdel-Muhsen Alghadab causing him to fall on top of his seven-year-old, Zaid. The incidents occurred when hundreds of refugees—mainly Syrians fleeing civil war—ran from a “collection point” in Roszke near the Hungary-Serbia border.

Hungarian prosecutors said a criminal case for breach of the peace had been opened against her. Sandor Toro, the deputy chief prosecutor of Csongrád County, said, “In the course of the investigation, the authorities will also examine if more serious crimes can be established.”

After receiving widespread condemnation for her act, Laszlo apologized.

“I was filming with a camera, a few hundred migrants broke the cordon and one ran into me. I got scared. They were flowing to my direction and then something just broke inside of me. With the camera in my hand I didn’t see who is actually running towards me. I just felt I have to defend myself.

“It’s hard to make good decisions when one person is in panic and hundreds of people are running in your direction. And I wasn’t able to make a good decision at that moment. I’m not a heartless, racist, children-kicking camerawoman. I do not deserve the political witch-hunts against me, nor the smears or the death threats. I’m just an unemployed mother of small children, who made a bad decision. I am truly sorry,” she said in a letter to the rightwing daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet.


“There were thousands of people and they were holding us there until a coach came to take us to the border. It was a very small area with a huge crowd. People started to lose patience and wanted to walk the 10km to the border – the police were standing there to stop people going. It was chaotic, people started to push. I didn’t see where it came from; I didn’t know if it was a camerawoman or a policeman. I just felt myself falling to the ground,” Alghadab told MailOnline, adding, “How can I forgive her?”

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  1. This woman is full of shit. She CLEARLY was in no danger from the 1st child she kicked… and even MORE clearly was deliberately tripping the man so he could not get away. There was NO violence from the refugees, nor any riot of any kind. This woman’s excuse of “self defense” is bullshit. She deserves the full extent of punishment, whatever that may be. Plus, being forced from her home and maybe a kick or two to the stomach to know what it feels like.

  2. If you never made a mistake or a bad choice in your life, then you are free to criticize and be as mean as you want to her (the very thing you say you are against – being mean to people) –

    but if you too have done things that you wish you had not – then do not be a hypocrite and get up on a soapbox and declare how tragic this woman is, because in reality you are speaking about yourself, but you are unable to face it.

  3. Problem with these refugees is. They are already save in germany, austria and hongaria.
    But they are protesting because the all want to germany. Then my question is WHY do they want to go to germany WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY SAVE?!?!?!?! Why?

  4. Kicking a child is wrong, whatever the reasons are but I wonder whether the whole world would have jumped with the same indignation if it was an hungarian child being kicked by an Arab reporter. Probably not.

  5. This woman is crazy. Delusions and/or mysophobia. Look at that thing in front of her mouth. What’s up with that? She looks mentaly ill or something.

  6. you have no one but yourself to blame for being unemployed with two small children. the idea of you breeding sickens me. let’s hope you’re a better parent because you certainly fail as a human being.

    • My thought exactly. The first thing I thought when I saw the video of her tripping the man holding his son was, I hope she doesn’t have children. And now that I know she has, well, let’s just say God help them. I would hate to grow up and know that my mother did that!

  7. Yeah, she was “panicked” when a young girl was running past her and she tripped a man who was carrying a small child and running at a slow pace. She deserves being fired. Her colleagues didn’t do anything. Why would she? No one was attacking anyone. People have to take responsibility for what they’ve done.


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