Combating Child Abuse on the Web: Germany Resists EU Plans to Block Child Porn Sites
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 31/03/2010 20:12
Germany's justice minister is fighting EU plans to block access to child pornography sites because she doesn't think the measures would work. She wants such sites shut down instead. The opposition Greens and SPD party agree with her.
German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger wants to stop a European Union plan to block Web sites containing child pornography because she doesn't think such a measure would be effective enough. Instead, she is lobbying for the EU to remove such sites from the Internet altogether.
Delete child abuse websites says German minister
Germany has called for stronger action to combat images of child sex abuse online, saying material should be deleted rather than blocked.
Justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said Germany "rejected" the idea of stopping people getting access to images by blocking.
Her comments came after the unveiling of European Commission plans to block child sex abuse sites outside Europe.
The blocking plan is part of proposed new laws on child exploitation.