Note the disclaimer below the image in capital letters. This is a marked departure from the weak “purported to be” attached to most Syrian rebel images. It appears that the video and image fakery by Syrian rebels is becoming so obvious that AP can no longer accept it without a disclaimer. To their credit, this is the first I have seen that is capitalised. However as most people will see the image but not read to the end of the text, the image still fulfills its function as propaganda.
The next step on the road to truth in media should be to caption such images as “Sham image from rebels” and to show how and why it was done.