Websites blocked for denying the holocaust

Hungary's constitution and laws carry some of Europe's strictest laws against Holocaust denial and hate speech

A Hungarian court has ordered the temporary blocking of 20 websites that carry content denying the Holocaust, the Budapest chief prosecutor has revealed.

The websites sell a Hungarian edition of a Swedish author’s book that overtly denies genocides committed by the Nazi regime, Tibor Ibolya said. The sites also make some of that book's content available to read online.

The Hungarian authorities also started investigating the book’s publisher in Hungary but suspended the procedure because the company’s head is currently abroad.

Under a 2010 Hungarian law, Holocaust denial in public is a crime punishable by up to three years imprisonment.

During the holocaust, around 600,000 Hungarian Jews were reported to have been killed, in one of Europe's worst atrocities to date.