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7th March, 2018

Court reprimands Index journalist

The Győr Court on Tuesday reprimanded Index journalist Gergely Nyilas and obliged him to pay the trial’s expenses.

The prosecution had pressed charges against Nyilas because in August 2015, at the peak of the refugee crisis, he went undercover as a migrant. He presented himself as a Kyrgyz national to the border police while reporting. He concealed his detention, the Röszke transition camp, his bus trip as a migrant dnd stay at the Győr courtyard of the Emergency Police until he revealed his identity.

While in Győr, Nyilas signed a sheet that did not carry a letterhead or any other identification. The refugee affairs authority used that document to register him as a Kyrgyz man applying for asylum. Nyilas was accused of misleading the authority and falsifying documents.

The reporter went undercover as the state authorities had declined access to the press to the sites where they handled the migrants, including the refugee camps, despite massive interest from the public, Index said.

Nyilas and his defence lawyer will appeal to the Kúria and, if necessary, will also seek legal remedy at the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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