Following the Ministry’s verdict, which banned people under the age of 18 from entering the museum, the museum placed a notice on its website and at the entrance to the museum warning that only adults are admitted. It also said that it cannot first give the visitors their ID to find out their age.
The Minister of Culture Jnos Csk informed today that the editor of the museum Lszl L. Simon was dismissed due to unfulfilled legal obligations. Simon denied that the museum had mentally broken the law and argued that the institution had promptly informed about age restrictions on its website.
I accept the decision, but I cannot accept it. As the father of these children and ancestors, I vehemently refuse that our children should be blackmailed before me or the institution that I lead, noted the appellant of the museum, who was a member of parliament for the national-conservative Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, did not take on the leadership of the museum.
According to the editor of World Press Photo, Dumany Zainov Churyov, this is the first time that a structure associated with this award has met with censorship in Europe. Dra Drov, a member of parliament and a member of the far-right movement Nae Vlast, posed for the set of photos by Filipino photojournalist Hannah Reyesov Moralesov at the Ministry of Culture. The resort pointed out that the images violate the Hungarian law from 2021, which only prohibits the depiction of sexual and gender-related themes to minors in literature, films and advertisements.
While the cabinet led by the nationalist Prime Minister Orbn derives the norm in an effort to protect children, groups for the protection of human rights call him a discriminator. In April this year, 15 EU countries supported the first steps against the law before the Court of Justice of the EU. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called it a disgrace.
Photographs by Reyes Morales depict seniors from the LGBT+ community in the Philippines, who for dozens of years share one house and take care of each other, AP described, according to them, some members of this community are photographed with make-up or in clothing, usually naked, performing in so-called drag shows .
In two posts on social media, Simon ironically praised Drov for the publicity. Long queues formed in front of the museum on weekends.
Reuters reported today that the Hungarian authorities fined some booksellers this year for selling books depicting homosexuality because they did not wrap them in sealed packages as required by law.