Report: Hungarian ambassador urges NYT to print correction

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Réka Szemerkényi, Hungary’s ambassador in Washington, asked the New York Times in a letter to correct a piece it carried on January 2, claiming a Hungarian guard beat a Syrian refugee woman, as Hungary insists allegations in the article are false, Hungarian daily Magyar Idők reported today.

Screen capture of the online article published on the webpage of the New York Times.

The ambassador stressed that, while the American paper accuses a Hungarian official with a serious crime, it provides no evidence for the accusation, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported today.

The Hungarian embassy in Washington said it asked for a correction in the piece before taking legal steps, origo.hu reported.

According to origo.hu, writer Katrin Bennhold told the Hungarian press that she did not check the truth behind the allegation she carried in her article.

The New York Times article, published on January 2 and entitled “On Perilous Migrant Trail, Women Often Become Prey to Sexual Abuse”, discusses the violence refugee women in Europe can face and says that a Syrian refugee woman “was beaten unconscious by a Hungarian prison guard after refusing his advances.” Hungarian officials say the event never happened.

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