The refugees crisis in Europe is a leading story over the last few days, and this deep coverage would not have been possible without the diligent and dedicated work of journalists and photojournalists.
Usually photographers take it upon them to document the event so both the world can be informed of the stories and generations to come can look back at the records and learn from. This sometimes means that photographing events means not getting involved.
Hungarian camerawoman however broke this protocol, not by aiding a refugee but by tripping and kicking some of the persons running by her.
The camerawoman is recorded on tape tripping a running refugee carrying a child while he is trying to escape a law enforcement person. The refugee falls on the child and is completely shocked.
If that is not enough, Index Hungary’s leading news website has another taped documentation of the reported kicking a young girl and boy.
It is never easy to document hard events, and a decision if to get involved is never an easy one. In 1994, photojournalist Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer prize for his photo The vulture and the little girl, and the main critic response was questioning Carter’s choice to photograph rather than to help.
Carter, however was instructed not to touch any of the kids for fear of diseases, and until the day he committed suicide he expressed his regret for not helping that kid.
This is very different.
N1TV who employed the camerawoman issued a statement on their website saying to have fired the lady.
Today, a N1TV colleague behaved unacceptably at the Roeszke reception center. The cameraman’s employment was terminated with immediate effect
If that was not enough, the word took matters into their own hands and created a wall of shame for the photographer, gaining over 10,000 likes since yesterday.