& # 39; Hideous & # 39; video game in which players kill a journalist for & # 39; front page news & # 39; to create furore
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- Sniper 3D Assassin players are urged to shoot at a reporter and make him & # 39; famous & # 39;
- The game led to a setback in anticipation of fear for the safety of journalists worldwide
- Brazil-based developers TFG have since removed the level, according to reports
A video game has caused indignation about a scene in which players are instructed to kill a journalist.
Sniper 3D Assassin players are encouraged to shoot at a reporter and to make him famous in another way & # 39; – in a mission called & # 39; Breaking News & # 39 ;.
When they hit the target, the screen flashes with the message: & # 39; Mission accomplished – that is a cover story & # 39 ;.
The game has raised concern, fearing the safety of journalists worldwide, and the level has since been removed, reports say.
Mission: at the level of the latest news from the Sniper 3D Assassin game, players are called upon to open a journalist who & # 39; sensitive documents & # 39; from a police officer
The game, developed by the Brazilian-based company TFG, is free to download on iPhones and Android devices.
The & # 39; Breaking News & # 39; scenario, which developers say is one of the hundreds of levels in the game, begins with an explanation to players.
It reads: & # 39; A journalist has bribed a policeman and takes a briefcase from the cop. The case is full of sensitive documents. Make him famous in another way. & # 39;
The player, who acts as a sniper, waves a weapon and watches while the corrupt policeman comes across a yard holding the red suitcase.
He is greeted by the journalist, a bearded man who wears a jacket and a yellow baseball cap and wears a backpack.
The two characters seem to speak briefly while the case is being transferred.
To complete the level, the player then focuses on the journalist through a crosshair and watches as a bullet flies towards him.
Goal: the player looks at the journalist and police officer in sight and prepares for the reporter's head in one of the game's levels
If successful, the bullet hits the reporter in the side of the head and sends the blood from its skull.
The screen flashes with the message & # 39; mission accomplished & # 39; and rewards the gameplayer with currencies that he can use at later levels.
The James Foley Foundation, named after an American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS, led the criticism on the scene.
& # 39; Very disturbing to see a popular mobile game that allows users to kill a journalist at a time when violence against reporters is increasing both in the United States and in the rest of the world, & they said.
Jamal Jordan, journalist from the New York Times, said he had a & # 39; very long conversation & # 39; had to love his cousin after the 10-year-old showed him the game.
His colleague Lauren Hard said: & # 39; Well this is horrible & # 39 ;.
Completed: if the player successfully puts down the journalist, blood flows from the victim's head while a message appears that reads: & # 39; Mission accomplished – that is a cover story & # 39;
NBC reporter Sergio Quintana said: & # 39; Not very reassuring since some of my reporter friends were shot recently. & # 39;
According to HuffPost, the level has since been removed from the game after the opposition from developers.
Michael Mac-Vicar, the company's chief technology officer, said: & Our Sniper 3D Assassin game is fictional and is intended for adult audiences.
& # 39; At TFG we are working on creating games that bring fun and entertainment to users around the world. That is why we take feedback from our players very seriously.
& # 39; After listening to our community today, we decided to remove the Breaking News mission from the game. & # 39;
The game led to concern after a number of threats to journalists, including the fatal shooting of five people in the editors of Capital Gazette in Maryland.
The murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate in Istanbul led to outrage last year.
More than 1,000 journalists have been killed for their work in the last 12 years, according to the UK-based Center for Freedom of the Media.