The Associated Press is protesting the brief detention of one of its journalists by Hungarian police as he covered migrants crossing the border, saying he was forced to delete footage that included images of a police dog knocking down a refugee. Hungary disputed the account Tuesday.
The incident took place Saturday evening as the cameraman, Luca Muzi, was filming migrants who had crossed from Serbia through fields near the Hungarian town of Roszke. Police moved in to stop the people, and one policeman let a muzzled police dog attack a Syrian man, knocking him to the ground as the Syrian cried out, “Please, please, I’m a refugee!” Muzi said.
A policewoman noticed Muzi filming the scene and stopped him. He identified himself as an AP journalist and tried to leave, but was not allowed to. The police officers also prevented Muzi from calling his editors or two other AP journalists traveling with him, Muzi said.