BERLIN, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Germany passed a ban on all images and activities related to the Islamic State (IS) Friday, including social media endorsement.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said flouting the ban "is a crime with immediate effect."
The ban includes the IS flag, social media activity, demonstrations and supporting the group financially. It's an attempt to prevent German jihadists from carrying out attacks in their homeland. It is part of a campaign to stomp out "unconstitutional organizations" which include a ban on swastikas.
An estimated 400 Germans have left their home country to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for IS.