In the recent months and especially during the past week Hungary was probably the most frequently mentioned country in news broadcasts over the world. Reports about the construction of the fence, migrant camps, refugees not being allowed to board trains, then bussed to the Austrian border were making headlines everywhere. At this point I don’t want to get into whether the politics of the government is appropriate or not, because that’s an endless debate. What I want to mention is the objectivity and truthfulness of some of these reports. Last Thursday a picture series of Reuters showed a man, a woman and a baby lying on the railway, and seemingly scuffling with police officers. The BBC used these pictures in a broadcast with the report saying “and then a really distressing incident happened. A woman who was carrying a small baby began crying for help, one of her companions tried to help her, somehow that became a push and a shove with the police and she ended up on the railway lines with riot police trying to pull her back”. This made the broadcast and it was put on the internet for everyone to see. A few hours later a video surfaced on a Hungarian website showing exactly what happened. In it you can see the “companion” actually grabbing the woman by her neck and forcing her on the railway and riot police trying to peel him off. You can hear the baffled officers saying “what is he doing?” Neither did this video make the BBC broadcast, nor was the online article updated… And this is the BBC. The Alpha and the Omega of public-service broadcasting. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that they intentionally distorted the truth or even that they know about the video and are deliberately not updating the article. All I’m saying is that they got it wrong. Granted, there is a lot of truth in the reports about the refugee situation, but perhaps you shouldn’t immediately believe everything that you see and hear. Read our exclusive report about what it was like at Keleti by Alex Stemp.