In the future, the courts may order some online content hosted on foreign servers to be blocked. This amendment of the criminal code has been adopted on Monday by the support of the Fidesz party.
The law will allow temporary or permanent blocking of Internet content hosted on foreign servers if the court finds it unlawful.
The provision is effective from July this year, but the law allows a grace period of six months. After January 1, 2014 Internet Service Providers can be forced to block online content by stiff fines.
The amendment of the criminal code was justified by the fight against pedophilia, but everybody, except the terminally clueless, knows that this is only a pretext; the real targets are news sites that operate outside the strict confines of political correctness.
In the communist era this strategy already failed. As a reaction to censorship, people inevitably create new slang terms (a highly figurative language) or communicate ideas in allegories that authorities have no control over. Not to mention the fact that metaphorical language makes discourse more colorful, therefore, more attractive. Those who have ever lived under communist rule know what I'm talking about. Whatever way I look at it, the controllers don't benefit from censorship on the long run; the most censorship can do is to sweep issues under the carpet, which ultimately come back to haunt them.
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)