The Hungarian government has issued rating guidelines to broadcasters who would subject certain films with homosexuality or gender issues to the same restrictions as violent horror films.
Under the regulations released on September 15 by the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunication Authority (NMHH), films that have LGBT topics or gender issues as a “defining characteristic” would “not be recommended” for people under 18 years old.
“General gestures expressing tenderness, such as a kiss on the cheeks, a hug, holding hands while walking or a kiss can only be considered problematic if they are represented for themselves or are a central part of the work. program, “say the guidelines.
Movies highlighting such themes would be given the same rating as movies such as the Saw slasher series or The Exorcist.
The new guidelines follow the passage in June of a law banning “the display and promotion of homosexuality” to children under 18.
The law was modeled on the controversial law on “gay propaganda” passed by Russia in 2013. This law was strongly criticized by Human Rights Watch as having “increased … social hostility” towards homosexuals in Russia and as “a classic example of political homophobia.”
Hungarian law has also been criticized by rights groups, the United States and the European Union.
The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, which has supported a strongly conservative social agenda, said legislation is needed to protect children’s “right to their gender identity received at birth”.
Amnesty International’s office in Budapest issued a statement in June saying the law “will expose those already facing a hostile environment to even greater discrimination”.