‘Nazi’ cam­paign poster with­drawn

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice apol­o­gise for im­age used in anti ter­ror­ism ini­tia­tive

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BRI­TISH Trans­port Po­lice has with­drawn a poster in its newly-launched anti ter­ror­ism cam­paign amid out­rage over its sim­i­lar­ity to anti-Semitic Nazi pro­pa­ganda.

The na­tional rail se­cu­rity cam­paign “See it. Say it. Sorted.” was launched on Novem­ber 1 at Lon­don Water­loo by Rail Min­is­ter Paul May­nard.

The cam­paign, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment, po­lice and rail in­dus­try, fea­tures posters urg­ing rail users to sup­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

But one im­age caused anger due to its sim­i­lar­ity to an anti-Semitic Nazi pro­pa­ganda poster with the Ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dards Author­ity re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous com­plaints.

On Novem­ber 8 Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice an­nounced the poster had been with­drawn.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Alun Thomas said: “Last week, the ‘See It, Say It, Sorted’ cam­paign was launched, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our part­ners at the De­part­ment for Trans­port and the rail in­dus­try.

“The aim of this cam­paign was to ask peo­ple across the coun­try to be vig­i­lant and work to­gether to keep each other safe from the ever present and real threat from ter­ror­ism.

“The im­ages on each of the posters in this cam­paign were spe­cially cre­ated in or­der to avoid us­ing pho­to­graphs of any spe­cific in­di­vid­u­als or groups.

“How­ever, we are aware that one par­tic­u­lar im­age has caused con­sid­er­able dis­tress due to its sim­i­lar­i­ties with of­fen­sive his­toric pro­pa­ganda.

“It is highly re­gret­table that this im­age, and its con­no­ta­tions, were over­looked dur­ing the devel­op­ment of this cam­paign.

“We recog­nise, and un­der­stand, the up­set that has been caused by this.

“We, and our cam­paign part­ners, have lis­tened to the feed­back we have re­ceived and this poster has now been with­drawn.”

He added: “There are clearly lessons for us to learn with re­gards to qual­ity as­sur­ance and bet­ter au­di­ence re­search in any fu­ture cam­paigns.”

IM­AGE: The Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice anti ter­ror­ism cam­paign poster, left, which has now been with­draw. Right the Nazi pro­pa­ganda im­age it has been com­pared to

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