The authors of the EditieNL program, broadcast by the Dutch television RTL News, have made a fatal mistake. They have used the illustration of the entrance tracks to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to illustrate the competition on the Dutch railway. This was reported by Railway Supply magazine, quoting Rynek Kolejowy.


During the programme, three illustrations describing the Dutch railway were shown. They were placed on a single slide showing the length of railway lines, number of stations and carriers. While the last two stations actually represented fragments of the Dutch railway network, the first one was an illustration of the entry tracks to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The editors of the programme realised their mistake too late.

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– “This is a human error that should never have been aired,” wrote the head of RTL News, noting that the editorial board adheres to the four-eye principle and the image must be checked by two people before it can be presented. This time the illustration did not attract the editorial board’s attention.

RTL News added that it would do its utmost to prevent similar mistakes in the future. – We want to apologise to the viewer for this unfortunate mistake,” the TV staff said.

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