Vienna, November 24 (MTI) – Photos released by the media depicting police handling of migrants at the railway station in Bicske, in northern Hungary, in early September were misleading, the Austrian Press Council has ruled.
The council said that photos covering the migrant crisis must always be released in the right context. The council specifically noted a photo depicting Hungarian police reaching for a migrant and his family who are lying on the railway tracks. According to the caption, police wanted to take the family to the town’s refugee camp against their will.
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Several readers complained to the press council that the photos covering the events in Bicske were misleading.
The council said in its statement that the man deliberately dragged his wife and son onto the railway tracks, and did not fall onto the tracks because of police intervention.
The press council said the photos covering the incident misled the public and implied police brutality in the handling of migrants. The council said that if photos are released in the wrong context or if coverage about an incident is inaccurate, the news organisation has a duty to issue a correction.
The Austrian Press Council is a self-regulatory body established to handle complaints regarding content in the country’s news outlets. The council’s rulings are not legally binding.