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Petra Laszlo Hungarian camerawoman: ‘I do not deserve the political witch hunts against me’

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Petra Laszlo the Hungarian camerawoman seen tripping fleeing refugees has apologized, saying she was simply ‘scared’

Petra Laszlo the Hungarian camerawoman in the middle of international outcry ever since the former N1TV reporter was seen tripping up fleeing refugees has apologized for her actions, telling she was ‘afraid’ at the time.

The apology comes since the reporter has become a symbol of xenophobia and violent response to the migrant crises in parts of Europe as refugees flee from the war torn and poverty ridden terrains of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq after she was observed in at least two instances deliberately impeding refugees fleeing approaching police.

The incident caught on tape and then shared widely on twitter led to her employer firing her, along with issuing a statement condemning the reporter’s behavior and distancing themselves from Laszlo, despite the journal’s own perceive right wing xenophobic stance.


In her defense, Petra Laszlo said she had been afraid when migrants broke through a police cordon at a makeshift relocation camp in Roszke, Hungary, a few hundred yards from the Serbian border, and came charging toward her.

‘I was scared as the crowd rushed towards me, and then something snapped in me,‘ the journalist wrote in a letter to the conservative daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet.

Adding: ‘I just thought that I was attacked and I have to protect myself. It’s hard to make good decisions at a time when people are in a panic.’

Petra Laszlo, who is under police investigation, would also tell in her letter she did not deserve the recriminations that have followed since followed and that she is not racist.

‘I’m not a heartless, racist, children-kicking camerawoman,’ she wrote. ‘I do not deserve the political witch hunts against me, nor the smears or often the death threats. I’m just a woman, and now an unemployed mother of small children, who made a bad decision in a situation of panic. I am truly sorry.’

Petra Laszlo’s apology comes after Hungarian prosecutors said a criminal case for breach of the peace had been opened Thursday 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.’

Petra Laszlo Hungarian camerawoman apology

Petra Laszlo Hungarian camerawoman apology

Petra Laszlo Hungarian camerawoman apology

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  • Alle schaapjes zeggen MEH!

    You do not deserve the political witch hunts against you? Yes you do! You were kicking desperate people, even little children for God’s sake. Little children who had gone through hell before they met you. And if you think the obvious lies about panic and thinking you’re under attack make it any better, think again. A fleeing father carrying his little son, a little girl on the run, how threatening! People are not stupid, you know.

  • Nina

    Your apology is unfulfilling and wrong in many ways you deserve all the bad press you get and way more. Your statement of feeling under attack is false! What you did couldn’t be more unconstitutional and much more! But don’t worry or despair god watched and knows the truth. I also know its not nice in hell!