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Danes use game as Syria fill-in

Head of division admits employee mistakenly thought image from Assassin's Creed was the Damascus skyline, and used it for a backdrop

Danish channel TV2  has admitted it mistakenly used an image from the computer game Assassin's Creed. to illustrate a news report about Syria. (photo credit: screen capture, nyhederne.tv2.dk)
Danish channel TV2 has admitted it mistakenly used an image from the computer game Assassin's Creed. to illustrate a news report about Syria. (photo credit: screen capture, nyhederne.tv2.dk)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish television channel has admitted it mistakenly used an image from a computer game to illustrate a news report about Syria.

TV2 Head of News Jacob Nybroe said Sunday the picture that was used as a backdrop behind news anchor Cecilie Beck on Feb. 26 came from adventure game Assassin’s Creed.

He says he learned about the mistake this week, following speculation about the origin of the image on social media sites.

One of the TV channel’s employees had found the image online and thought it was a photo of Damascus’ skyline.

Nybroe says it was a terrible mistake and a “reminder to us all of the importance of verifying the sources of pictures.”

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