The Jewish Times website reports today (February 24, 2010) that Hungary's Parliament has passed a bill making Holocaust denial a criminal offense.
The legislation, which would mandate prison terms of up to three years for those found guilty of publicly "denying, questioning, or making light of the Holocaust," was approved on February 22, 2010.
President Laszlo Solyom must sign the measure into law. Solyom has said he would approach any attempt at restricting the right of free speech with great caution.
Hitler's Nazi Germany was responsible for the murder of some six million Jews during World War II. More than 600,000 Hungarian Jews are believed to have perished during the Holocaust.