The Azov scandal had very different effects around the world. In the US, people are getting many years in prison for having owned dvd’s from the busted Canadian enterprise. All of them have plead guilty so far, so it’s actually still unclear if the material really is illegal according to US law.
In Germany, however, it’s very clear that the dvd’s are legal. Which caused quite a scandal in itself, when German politician Sebastian Edathy (born 1969) was found to own some Azov material. “Legally perverse”, a tabloid exclaimed on its front page. How could it be, that it’s legal to own or buy photos of naked kids?! The German people was in shock.
This is now to be fixed. In the aftermath of the “Edathy scandal”, Germany’s minister of justice Heiko Maas (born 1966) presented a law proposal that extends the definition of child porn to include “unnaturally sex-accentuated posture”. The proposal was criticized by 26 criminology experts at the University of Hamburg, by the Bundestag’s committee on legal affairs, and by the German Bar Association for breaking the “rule of certainty of law” (“Bestimmtheitsgebot”), thus being unconstitutional.
Until tomorrow you can sign a petition against the new law proposal:
As of now, the petition only has 75 signers, out of a needed (not sure what for) 120,000. The counter states 0 (zero) percent. So it’s quite clear that this petition won’t make a formal change. However, if you worry about swift and unconstitutional changes of law (which every intellectual should), signing the petition is a good way to show that you protest against this kind of populist politics.