The Hungarian media regulator on Wednesday stated it was investigating Netflix for probably violating a controversial anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, citing “a number of complaints” over a cartoon displaying women kissing.
The Budapest-based Nationwide Media and Communications Authority stated it was checking whether or not an episode of a Netflix youngsters collection named “Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous” had violated the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation handed in 2021, which prohibits the portrayal of homosexuality or transgender individuals in content material proven to minors.
The Netflix collection, rated for 7-year-olds and above, reveals one of many major characters confessing her love to a different lady and kissing her.
The probe threatens to escalate tensions between the European Fee and the Hungarian authorities amid worries about Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s persevering with assaults on the nation’s LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
The regulator stated it was obliged to provoke a probe after each grievance however couldn’t touch upon the precise case as a result of the investigation was ongoing.
Hungary has confronted staunch criticism from throughout Europe for greater than a 12 months over its legislation banning the promotion and portrayal of what it refers to as “divergence from self-identity comparable to intercourse at start, intercourse change or homosexuality” to youngsters and youngsters.
The European Fee in July introduced it was taking Budapest to the EU’s high court docket for allegedly flouting European legal guidelines on media freedom and elementary rights. The Fee stated Hungary’s legislation infringed upon European telecoms, audiovisual and digital legal guidelines in addition to its cornerstone Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and Treaty of the EU and its EU Constitution of Elementary Rights.
Hungary’s media regulator stated it has obtained 84 complaints for the reason that legislation got here into pressure in July 2021 and twelve complaints to date in 2022 however none of them confirmed any infringement. Netflix was the goal of a earlier investigation over a Japanese collection displaying a pregnant man. The grievance was dismissed.
The regulator stated that if it discovered Netflix to have violated its legislation, it must inform the Dutch media authority, which oversees Netflix as a result of the agency’s European headquarters are within the Netherlands. The Dutch regulator would in flip have the ultimate say.
The Dutch media regulator stated it couldn’t touch upon the case. Netflix additionally declined to touch upon the investigation.
Lili Bayer contributed reporting.