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Violation of the tax secret

130: Sedition[edit]

Section 3 outlaws denying the genocide committed under the rule of National Socialism (1933–1945). Section 4 prohibits glorifying or approving the reign of the Nazis.

§ 130: Incitement to hatred[edit]

Main article: hate speech

Section 130 makes it a crime to:

  • incite hatred against segments of the population or call for violent or arbitrary measures against them in a manner capable of disturbing the peace
  • to insultmaliciously malign, or defame segments of the population in a manner capable of disturbing the peace
  • disseminate, publicly make accessible, produce, obtain, supply, stock, offer, announce, commend, undertake to import or export, or facilitate such use by another of written materials that assaults the human dignity of others by insulting, maliciously maligning or defaming segments of the population or a previously indicated group
  • approve of, deny or downplay an act committed under the rule of National Socialism in a manner capable of disturbing the peace

§ 131: Representation of violence[edit]

Main article: Strafgesetzbuch section 131

Outlaws the dissemination or public display of media “which describe cruel or otherwise inhuman acts of violence against human or humanoid beings in a manner which expresses a glorification or rendering harmless of such acts of violence or which represents the cruel or inhuman aspects of the event in a manner which injures human dignity“.[5]

This section was used as the legal basis for confiscating all horror movies and a few video games such as Mortal KombatManhunt, and Condemned.

§ 140: Rewarding and approving crimes