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CORRECTIV Faktencheck, Germany

17 May 2019, Updated: 17 May 2019

A Facebook post from 6 May includes a photo supposedly showing a badly vandalised bus shelter that still has a CDU election poster with the slogan “For security and order” attached to it. The user has added the comment: “When a poster does unintentional comedy.” The post has so far been shared 270 times on Facebook.

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Facebook post with the composite image. (Screenshot and anonymisation: CORRECTIV)

The same picture is also included in an article on the Journalistenwatch website from 5 May. The aim is clearly to mock the CDU in the run-up to the EU elections:

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Composite image in an article on the Journalistenwatch website. (Screenshot: CORRECTIV)

There is no CDU poster in the original photo

A reverse Google Image search reveals it to be a composite image: the poster was added to the original photo at a later date .

The photo was taken in early January in Hamm-Heessen, as can be seen from an article in the Westfälischer Anzeiger, which also includes a second photo taken from a different angle. The damage was apparently the result of rioting on New Year’s Eve.

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Article in the Westfälischer Anzeiger showing the original photo of the vandalised bus shelter in Hamm-Heessen. (Screenshot: CORRECTIV)

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The same vandalised bus shelter from a different angle. (Screenshot: CORRECTIV)

Furthermore, the CDU poster that has been added to the image is an old one from the 2017 Bundestag election campaign.

Our assessment:

Wholly false. The photo is a composite of more than one image. No CDU election poster can be seen in the original photo.

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