updated 4/6/2011 11:37:25 AM ET 2011-04-06T15:37:25

Germany's governing coalition says it will delete websites that feature child pornography, dropping a plan to attempt to block such sites.

The plan to block child porn sites was drawn up in 2009 by Chancellor Angela Merkel's first-term "grand coalition" of right and left but never took effect.

Critics including the junior partners in the current government, the Free Democrats, argued that blocking the sites was ineffectual and raised concerns over Internet censorship.

Coalition leaders on Tuesday night agreed to change the government's approach.

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told Bavarian radio Wednesday that "blocking on the Internet is something that rightly causes rejection and distrust."

She says deleting child porn sites is the "correct and effective" approach.

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