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The minister of culture and innovation has sacked László L Simon, the director of the National Museum, the ministry said on Monday. In reaction, L Simon denied that the museum had “deliberately violated any laws by hosting the World Press Photo exhibition” in connection with the law that bans under-18s from viewing LGBTQ-related material.
In a statement, the minister said L Simon had “failed to adhere to the legal obligations of the institution … and exhibited behaviour that rendered his continued employment unviable.” Commenting on his dismissal, L Simon told MTI that he acknowledged “but could not accept” the ministry’s decision. He insisted that the museum had acted on the ministry’s earlier instructions by advising under-18s that they were not permitted to view photographs depicting life in an elderly home for LGBTQ people, adding that he rejected “the idea that our children should be protected from me or from the institution I lead”.