Hungarian authorities have fined a bookseller for selling a British graphic novel without closed wrapping - saying it breached an anti-gay law on LGBT literature for under-18s.
The retailer was fined 12m forints (£27,400), for selling Heartstopper
without wrapping it in plastic foil, as required by law. Officials said the book depicts homosexuality and was sold to minors. In 2021, the government of prime minister Viktor Orban introduced a law banning the display and promotion of
homosexuality among under-18s. The censorship laws says that minors cannot be shown pornographic content, or anything that encourages gender change or homosexuality.
The Heartstopper series of books, written and illustrated by the British author Alice
Oseman, follow the lives of two British teenagers attending a fictional school who meet and fall in love. It is billed as a book about life, love, and everything that happens in between. It has since been acquired and adapted by the streaming service
Netflix, which plans to release a second series in August.