Europe

Rally in Hungary to support reporter claiming govt assault

Several hundred people have rallied outside an office of Hungary's governing Fidesz party after a journalist said she was assaulted at a party meeting by a government official.

Julia Halasz, a reporter with the 444.hu news site, says a person in charge of the government office for arranging celebrations and remembrances took away her cellphone and dragged her out of a school by the arm where she was covering a Fidesz public forum.

Halasz reported Thursday's alleged assault to police. Fidesz denies her report, saying she failed to follow press rules at the meeting.

Participants at Saturday's rally in Budapest shouted slogans in support of press freedom and put political messages on the front of the Fidesz office.