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Hungary museum head fired for not enforcing LGBTQ law

At the annual World Press Photo exhibition

06 November, 19:04

(ANSA-AFP) - BUDAPEST, NOV 6 - The head of the Hungarian National Museum was sacked on Monday for "failing" to enforce a government order barring minors from an exhibition under a controversial law targeting LGBTQ content. The Budapest museum recently showcased the annual World Press Photo exhibition, which included a series of pictures of a community of older LGBTQ people in the Philippines. After complaints from the far-right opposition party Our Homeland, the culture ministry instructed the museum to enforce a 2021 law against "promoting" homosexuality and bar those below the age of 18 from the exhibition. The museum, however, told AFP last week that it "cannot legally enforce" the government order to ban minors from attending as it cannot ask for identity cards. On Monday, Hungarian Culture and Innovation Minister Janos Csak terminated the employment of museum director Laszlo Simon with immediate effect, according to a statement. It said that Simon had "failed to comply with the legal obligations expected of him", adding that he "had engaged in conduct which made it impossible to continue his employment". (ANSA-AFP).

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