Journalists covering refugee crisis face police attack in Hungary

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)'s organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), has denounced the latest attack and arrest of journalists who were reporting the refugee crisis on the border between Hungary and Serbia today.

Six journalists were reportedly beaten on Wednesday by Hungarian border police.

According to local media reports, Warren Richardson, an Australian photographer, and Jacek Tacik, a Polish reporter together with a Slovakian journalist were accused of crossing the border between Hungary and Serbia illegally. They were beaten before they were arrested by the border police. The journalists had been working in the Serbian village of Horgoš and followed a group of refugees who entered Hungary.

On the same day, a TV crew of Radio-Television of Serbia covering the crisis was brutally beaten by the police. According to the RTS management, journalist Jovana Durovic (on the left), cameraman Vladan Hadzi Mijailovic and sound recordist Miroslav Durasinovic were brutally beaten by the police with truncheons at the Horgos border crossing in Serbia. RTS has written to the Hungarian Government and demanded that the police officers who attacked the journalists shall be punished.

Read the full statement at the EFJ's site.


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