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Footage faux pas: Danish TV uses video game to depict Syrian crisis

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Denmark’s Channel TV2 has apologized for using a screenshot of the video game “Assassin’s Creed” to depict the conflict in Syria.


A member of the editorial staff found the image online and mistook it for a real photograph of Damascus’s skyline, Britain’s Daily Express newspaper reported on Tuesday.


The image portrays a fictional version of the city’s skyline set around 720 years ago.


TV2 head of news Jacob Nybroe apologized for the blunder, saying it was a “reminder to us all of the importance of verifying the sources of pictures.”


Last year, the BBC also used an incorrectly sourced image to illustrate a report on Syria.


The British broadcaster used an image of the U.N. Space Command, a fictional organization in the video game “Halo,” instead of the symbol of the U.N. Security Council.


Britain’s ITV aired footage from the game “Arma 2” instead of a secret Irish Republican Army film from 1988.