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Legal Status of Child Pornography by Country

Legal Status of Child Pornography by Country
Country nameLegislation specific to child pornographyChild pornography defined in lawComputer‐facilitated offensesSimple possessionISP reportingNote
AfghanistanNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
AlbaniaNoNoNoNoNo
AlgeriaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
AndorraYesNoNoYesNocarries a prison sentence of up to four years
AngolaNoNoNoNoNo
Antigua and BarbudaNoNoNoNoNo
ArgentinaYesNoYesNoNo
ArmeniaYesNoYesNoNo
ArubaYesNoYesYesNo
AustraliaYesYesYesYesYes
AustriaYesYesYesYesNo
AzerbaijanNoNoNoNoNo
Bahamas, TheYesYesNoNoNoThe offence of Pornography is defined in the penal code of the Bahamas as obscene publication"
BahrainNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
BangladeshNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
BarbadosYesNoNoYesNo
BelarusYesNoNoNoNo
BelgiumYesYesYesYesYes
BelizeNoNoNoNoNo
BeninNoNoNoNoNo
BhutanYesNoYesNoNodoes not have any specific legislation related to Child Pornography, but there are provisions for such crimes under several of the Penal Code of Bhutan 2004
BoliviaNoNoNoNoNo
Bosnia and HerzegovinaYesNoYesYesNo
BotswanaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
BrazilYesYesYesYesNoPunishment: 1 to 4 years of reclusion
BruneiYesNoYesNoNo
BulgariaYesNoYesYesNo
Burkina FasoNoNoNoNoNo
BurundiNoNoNoNoNo
CambodiaNoNoNoNoNo
CameroonNoNoNoNoNo
CanadaYesYesYesYesNoWhile there is no mandatory reporting requirement specific to ISPs, ISPs in Canada collaborate with law enforcement and work closely to facilitate the reporting of offending material. Canadian criminal law employs a very broad definition of "child pornography," which gives its comprehensive set of offenses additional scope.
Cape VerdeYesNoNoNoNo
Central African RepublicNoNoNoNoNo
ChadNoNoNoNoNo
ChileYesYesYesNoNo
ChinaYesNoYesNoNoWhile China does not have any specific child pornography legislation, there is a general prohibition on obscene and pornographic materials in the Criminal Code.
ColombiaYesYesYesNoYes
ComorosNoNoNoNoNo
Congo, Republic of theNoNoNoNoNo
Congo, Democratic Republic of theNoNoNoNoNo
Costa RicaYesYesNoYesNo
Côte d'IvoireNoNoNoNoNo
CroatiaYesNoYesYesNo
CubaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
CyprusYesYesYesYesNo
Czech RepublicYesNoYesYesNo
DenmarkYesYesYesYesNo
DjiboutiNoNoNoNoNo
DominicaNoNoNoNoNo
Dominican RepublicYesYesYesYesNo
EcuadorYesNoNoNoNo
EgyptYesNoYesYesNo
El SalvadorYesNoYesYesNo
Equatorial GuineaNoNoNoNoNo
EritreaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
EstoniaYesNoYesYesNo
EthiopiaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
FijiNoNoNoNoNo
FinlandYesYesYesYesNo
FranceYesYesYesYesYes
GabonNoNoNoNoNo
Gambia, TheYesNoNoNoNo
GeorgiaYesYesNoNoNo
GermanyYesYesYesYesNoWhile there is no explicit obligation for an ISP to report to law enforcement or another mandated agency, in most cases ISPs will file reports with law enforcement. It is a punishable offense for an ISP that knows of child pornographic material on its websites to not delete the illegal content. Factors considered include whether it was possible and reasonable for the ISP to detect the data and to delete or block it, as there are many ISPs in Germany that offer large storage capacities for commercial purposes.
GhanaNoNoNoNoNo
GreeceYesYesYesYesNoGreek Penal Code criminalizes various child?pornography offenses, including possession, purchase, transfer, and sale of child pornography "in any way".
GrenadaNoNoNoNoNo
GuatemalaYesNoNoNoNo
GuineaNoNoNoNoNo
Guinea-BissauNoNoNoNoNo
GuyanaNoNoNoNoNo
HaitiNoNoNoNoNo
Holy See (Vatican City)NoNoNoNoNoIn the absence of specific child?pornography legislation, such cases may be delegated to the Italian judiciary system at the request of the Holy See.
HondurasYesYesYesYesNo
Hong KongYesYesYesYesNo
HungaryYesYesYesYesNo
IcelandYesNoYesYesNo
IndiaYesNoYesYesNobrowsing for child pornography on the internet can lead to a 10 year term in jail and Rs. 1 million fine
IndonesiaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
IranNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
IraqNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
IrelandYesYesYesYesNo
IsraelYesYesYesYesNo
ItalyYesYesYesYesNo
JamaicaNoNoNoNoNo
JapanYesYesYesNoNo
JordanNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
KazakhstanYesNoNoNoNo
KenyaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
Korea, NorthYesYesYesNoNo
Korea, SouthYesYesYesNoNo
KuwaitNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
KyrgyzstanYesNoNoNoNo
LaosNoNoNoNoNo
LatviaYesNoYesNoNo
LebanonNoNoNoNoNo
LesothoNoNoNoNoNo
LiberiaNoNoNoNoNo
LibyaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
LiechtensteinYesNoYesYesNo
LithuaniaYesNoNoYesNo
LuxembourgYesNoYesYesNo
Macedonia [FYROM]YesNoYesNoNo
MadagascarYesNoYesNoNo
MalawiNoNoNoNoNo
MalaysiaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
MaldivesNoNoNoNoNo
MaliYesNoNoNoNo
MaltaYesNoYesYesNo
Marshall IslandsNoNoNoNoNo
MauritaniaNoNoNoNoNo
MauritiusYesNoYesNoNo
MexicoYesYesYesNoNo
MoldovaYesNoNoYesNo
MonacoNoNoNoNoNo
MongoliaNoNoNoNoNo
MontenegroYesNoYesNoNo
MoroccoYesNoNoYesNo
MozambiqueNoNoNoNoNo
BurmaYesNoNoNoNo
NamibiaNoNoNoNoNo
NauruNoNoNoNoNo
NepalYesNoNoNoNo
NetherlandsYesYesYesYesNo
Netherlands AntillesNoNoNo-NoNo
New ZealandYesYesYesYesNo
NicaraguaNoNoNoNoNo
NigerNoNoNoNoNo
NigeriaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
NorwayYesYesYesYesNo
OmanNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
PakistanNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
PanamaYesYesYesYesNo
Papua New GuineaYesNoNoYesNo
ParaguayYesNoNoYesNo
PeruYesYesYesYesNo
PhilippinesYesNoNoNoNo
PolandYesNoNoYesNo
PortugalYesNoYesYesNo
QatarYesNoYesNoNo
RomaniaYesYesYesYesNo
RussiaYesNoNoNoNo
RwandaNoNoNoNoNo
Saint Kitts and NevisNoNoNoNoNo
Saint LuciaNoNoNoNoNo
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNoNoNoNoNo
San MarinoYesNoYesNoNo
Sao Tome and PrincipeNoNoNoNoNo
Saudi ArabiaNoNoNoNoNoTaking or possessing pornographic images, whether for children or adults, is considered an offence under the Sharia law. The sentence imposed is left to the discretion of the judge.
SenegalNoNoNoNoNo
SerbiaYesNoYesNoNo
SeychellesNoNoNoNoNo
Sierra LeoneNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
SingaporeNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
SlovakiaYesYesYesYesNo
SloveniaYesYesYesYesNo
SomaliaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
South AfricaYesYesYesYesYes
SpainYesNoYesYesNo
Sri LankaYesNoNoYesNo
SudanNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
SurinameNoNoNoNoNo
SwazilandNoNoNoNoNo
SwedenYesNoYesYesNo
SwitzerlandYesYesYesYesNo
SyriaNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
TajikistanYesNoNoNoNo
TanzaniaYesNoNoNoNo
ThailandNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
Timor-LesteNoNoNoNoNo
TogoNoNoNoNoNo
TongaYesYesYesYesNo
Trinidad and TobagoNoNoNoNoNo
TunisiaYesNoYesNoNoTunisian Penal Code criminalizes, inter alia, the use of "any visual recordings or photographs" depicting pornographic images of children.
TurkeyYesNoNoYesNo
TurkmenistanNoNoNoNoNo
UgandaNoNoNoNoNo
UkraineYesNoYesNoNo
United Arab EmiratesNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
United KingdomYesYesYesYesNoThe United Kingdom operates a voluntary "notice and takedown” procedure overseen by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF),an independent industry funded body, endorsed by the police and government. U.K. ISPs "take down” images of child pornography when notified of them by IWF. Failure to do so could make them liable to prosecution.
United StatesYesYesYesYesYes
UruguayYesNoYesNoNo
UzbekistanNoNoNoNoNo
VenezuelaYesYesYesNoNo
VietnamNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
YemenNoNoNoNoNothere is a general ban on pornography
ZambiaNoNoNoNoNo
ZimbabweNoNoNoNoNo
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