Germany cracks down on online child pornography

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The measures will include blocking certain websites and forcing all of the country's Internet providers to make it harder for users to access sites deemed unsuitable.

Berlin -- Germany on Wednesday followed other European countries in announcing legislation to clamp down harder on child pornography on the Internet.

"Aside from being a crime, child pornography in the Internet has developed into a commercial market," the German government said in a statement after the cabinet passed a bill that will now go to parliament for approval.

The government said at a regular press briefing that the measures would include blocking certain websites and forcing all of the country's Internet providers to make it harder for users to access sites deemed unsuitable.

Earlier this month, a German lawmaker came under investigation for possession of child pornography. He resigned from his political offices to avoid damage to his party six months before a national election.

He admits possessing the pornography but says he obtained it for work purposes.

AFP/Expatica

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