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New restrictions on LGBT literature introduced in Hungary

New restrictions have been introduced in Hungary regarding LGBT literature, which will order booksellers to place closed packaging on books that depict homosexuality.

This is one of the latest moves taken by the Hungarian government to which rights groups have decried as an assault on the LGBT community.

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The government has also forbidden the public display of products which depict or promote the changing of one’s gender as well as banning the sale of books and media content which depict homosexuality or gender change within 200 metres of a school or church.

These restrictions come as Hungary’s parliament passed a law back in June which banned the display of homosexual content to minors.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated that the measures have been implemented to protect children.

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As the restrictions are attached to a law that allows tougher penalties for paedophilia, critics stated that they conflate homosexuality with paedophilia, to which they added compares to Russia’s gay propaganda law of 2013.

The European Commission launched two separate legal proceedings against Hungary’s government back in July as it described the new restrictions as an infringement on LGBT rights.

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