CNN confuses Niger, Nigeria in map

During a segment on the Ebola outbreak in Africa, CNN mixed up the countries of Niger and Nigeria on an on-screen map.

Gimba Kakanda, who, according to this Twitter bio, is a poet and writer based in Nigeria, tweeted a screenshot of CNN’s map noting that Nigeria is actually farther south (and on the coast) of Africa.

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As shown in the Google Map below, while the similar-sounding countries Niger and Nigeria are located adjacent to each other, CNN’s map is, in fact, incorrect.


Maps are often a particular weak spot as far as accuracy goes in TV newsrooms — last year, CNN moved Hong Kong, located off the coast of China, to South America.

Other map gaffes from last year:



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