The UK’s Press Association (PA) last week illustrated the dangers of using inadequately catalogued stock photography. The Cambridge News covered a story about “Train Rage” which had been provided by the PA. They had inadvertently chosen an image of the train tracks that lead up to the gates of Auschwitz to accompany the article. This “Axegrinder” blog feature in the Press Gazette article describes the full chain of events:
“The choice of picture used to illustrate the story is unmistakably the railway line leading up to the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where, according to some estimates, more than one million Jews were massacred by the Nazis. Axegrinder understands that the story page in question was created from a Press Association feed to all the Illiffe newspaper websites of national stories – so it was PA’s fault, rather the Cambridge News.” [Read More]
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