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Spot the difference: AFP withdraws ‘digitally altered’ missile shot

July 10th, 2008Posted by in Photography

Agence France-Presse (AFP) has retracted a photo of Iranian missile tests published this morning, stating the image had been ‘apparently digitally altered’ by Iran’s state media, the New York Times’ Lede section reports.

It was too late for the print editions of the LA Times, Financial Times, Chicago Tribune and others, who ran the pic on the front page, and for the BBC, New York Times and Yahoo News websites.

Below – spot the difference between 1) the AFP’s image…

Digitally altered image of Iranian missile tests from Agence France-Presse

…and 2) an image later obtained by the Associated Press:

An Associated Press image of Iranian missile testing

According to the Lede’s report, the agency said the fourth missile may have been added to mask a grounded missile that failed to launch during the test.

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