25 Jun 2020 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 11 May 2020 n° 53/2020 Hungary
Threats of Legal Action against Cartoonist Gábor Pápai
László Toroczkai, leader of the Hungarian far-right political party Our Home Movement, and the ruling Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) have announced that they will sue cartoonist Gábor Pápai for alleged blasphemy. Pápai had published a cartoon in the opposition daily Népszava on 28 April 2020, representing Cecília Müller (Chief Medical Officer at the National Centre for Public Health and member of the Government's "Coronavirus Task Force") at a press conference during which she faces Jesus crucified and says: "...His underlying condition caused dependence". The sentence refers to previous statements by Cecília Müller who allegedly stated on several occasions that Covid-19 deceased were "predisposed" to die due to pre-existing pathologies. The cartoonist told Cartooning for Peace that he has been facing a campaign of threats and intimidation since the announcement of the lawsuits.
25 Jun 2020
Reaction from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade