Journalists 'pushed away' from 'distressing scenes' involving migrants at Hungarian train station - Press Gazette

Journalists 'pushed away' from 'distressing scenes' involving migrants at Hungarian train station

Journalists have reported being "pushed away" by police from "distressing scenes" involving migrants at a Hungarian train station.

According to reports, hundreds of migrants were allowed on to a train in Budapest, Hungary, bound for Austria before they were ordered off in Bicske, also in Hungary, to be taken to a registration centre. The migrants are reported to be resisting.

James Mates, Europe editor of ITV News, has been covering the situation since early this morning. As well as reporting for the 1.30pm news, he has also been tweeting and picturing the scene.

Just before 2pm British time (Hungary is one hour ahead) he tweeted that journalists were being "shepherded away" and accused the Hungarian authorities of not wanting the "world to see" what they were doing. He also reported migrants as saying: "Don't leave us."

Police have reportedly described the station as an "operational zone".

Mates tweeted the below picture at 2.40pm GMT from the scene.

Asked by Press Gazette whether the media – and cameras – had been allowed back, he said: "No. Still in Bicske station, but unable to see what's happening on train."

Channel 4 News international editor Lindsey Hilsum has also been reporting on the scene and has claimed her cameraman, Soren Munk, was forced off the platform. 

She has not tweeted since reporting being forced off the platform.

Here is a BBC report from the scene.



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