Petra Laszlo was only practising the ‘journalism of attachment’

The world is going mad over Petra Laszlo, the Hungarian camerawoman caught kicking refugees as they fled police. As well it might. She’s clearly a nasty piece of work. A staffer for a nationalist TV station that has close links with Jobbik, a far-right party, she was captured on film kicking a child and tripping up a man who was running with a kid in his arms. It makes for unpleasant viewing. News reporters around the world have branded her a disgrace, and the social-media outrage machine has of course demanded she be burnt at the stake. She has now lost her job. Good. You can’t go around booting people when you should be filming them and expect to get away with it.

  • Mal

    O’Neil’s dead right – she was simply “engaging” in the same way that the self-identifying progressive journalists did in Ferguson, Baltimore et al. But she’s not on their side, so they’re weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth.
    What’s not mentioned is that the invaders were attempting to escape from the law. She did not beat them or attack them; she tried to stop them with a poorly aimed kick and a trip. I call it being civic-minded.
    Mean old meanie, that I am, I applaud her spirit. In a similar proximity to invaders of this country, like to think I would at least try to stop the bastards one way or another, too.

  • Minicapt

    If you review a longer clip, you will see that she was rundown twice before she retaliated.