Last week, the Hungarian government passed their anti-paedophile law. The problem with this is that, according to public opinion, this package of laws includes amendments that are “homophobic” and are discriminatory against non-heterosexuals.
One of the amendments that caused the issue was that, under the new proposal, the promotion and presentation of homosexuality or gender reassignment would be prohibited for those under 18 years of age. Many NGOs said that it was a frontal attack on freedom of expression and children’s rights.
This has caused a great deal of public unrest and has triggered a whole wave of responses all around the country, going as far as demonstrations in Budapest and drawing the attention of the international scene to Hungary.
One of the latest developments regarding the issue is that there is a petition on the internet that aims to paint the Allianz Arena in Germany in rainbow colours. This would be taunting the Hungarian team who will have a match against the German team in the European Championship this Wednesday.
According to Index, the petition was launched by Change.org because they think that the Hungarian package of laws aimed at the protection of children is an attack against basic human rights. The petition stands at over 87,000 signatures.
Many companies on the international scene have reacted to the new Hungarian law, and one of them was the streaming giant, Netflix. They have posted an image on Facebook and have expressed their support for the rights of the LGBTQ community. Even the European Commission has said that they would look into the matter and inspect whether the new Hungarian law infringes upon basic human rights, Index reported.
As a side effect of the package of laws, the display of homosexuality in the media, be it in a series, a movie, a TV programme or a simple advertisement, could be severely limited. TV channel RTL Klub Hungary said that the decision resulted in the recategorisation of many movies in terms of the age-based rating system.
24 reports that Media1 tried to ask the government officials what the procedure would be on deciding what movies can be shown or not. The law states that any piece of media that features sexual or LGBTQ content can only be screened for adults and past 10 p.m. The officials’ response was that they were going to conduct investigations based on reports and will treat each report as a unique case. Balázs Orbán added that he hopes everyone understands the aim of the law.
Source: Index.hu, 24.hu, Daily News Hungary