In a letter to the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet, Petra Laszlo said she had been in a state of shock since the incident on Tuesday near the Hungarian-Serbian border, but denied accusations of racism, as media reported today.

"The camera was rolling, hundreds of migrants broke through the police cordon, one of them rushed to me and I was scared," she wrote. "Then something snapped in me, 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."

Laszlo added that she was willing to take responsibility for her actions, but went on to say, "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."

Laszlo was fired by Hungarian television channel N1TV after a video of the incident was posted on Twitter by Stephan Richter, a reporter for the German television channel RTL.

N1TV said her behaviour was 'unacceptable' and her job had been terminated 'with immediate effect'.


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