Danish TV Uses Assassin's Creed Screenshot To Illustrate Syrian Crisis

A Danish news channel has apologised after it used an image from Assassin's Creed in the belief it was a photograph of Damascus.

TV2 used a screenshot from the six-year-old video game in a report about the ongoing violence in Syria.

The picture did depict a version of Damascus - just a fictional version set 720 years ago.

The channel's head of news, Jacob Nybroe, confirmed that the picture behind its anchor Cecilie Beck on 26 February was an image from the game.

He said that one of TV2's researchers used the picture by accident and that its use was a "reminder to us all of the importance of verifying the sources of pictures".

The mistake follows similar errors by other channels, including the BBC who recently used a logo from Halo instead of that of the United Nations.