In the course of their reporting on the Garissa attack in Kenya, CNN showed a map that labelled Uganda as Tanzania and presented Nairobi as a city in Nigeria. This went down badly with many African netizens.
— Rumbidzai Dube (@dubbydacious) April 4, 2015
Patra, a social media manager with the television station NTV Uganda, said:
Dear CNN, Uganda is not Tanzania pic.twitter.com/lp6Gg2zHM9
— Patu (@AyamPatra) April 3, 2015
Replying to Patra, Mollel advised:
— Mollel (@jmollel) April 3, 2015
Biko Stephen remarked:
— Biko Stephen (@BikoIntellect) April 3, 2015
The incident hardened the view that the American news outlet thinks Africa is a country:
Sometimes it feels like @CNN are the only hardline Pan-Africanists left. They don't believe national borders or names mean anything!
— AFRICA IS A COUNTRY (@AfricasaCountry) April 3, 2015
Giovanna Bunei picked on CNN's staff:
— Giovanna Bunei (@giobunei) April 3, 2015
And the ranting continued:
— Kollin Rukundo T (@kollinsayz) April 3, 2015
With such small mistakes made by one of the most respectable news networks all over the world, make one simple explanation. They are also human.
On Facebook, Wamoka Derrick argued that the problem is not CNN, but the fact that Uganda is not well known:
Its Not CNN's Mistake.
We Are The Onez Who Made A Mistake Bse They Dont Know Us.
THAT SIMPLY SHOWS THAT IN EASTAFRICA, UGANDA IS LESS KNOWN WORLDWIDE.
Dennis Ntume replied:
How can you guys be saying they don't know about us when their grandfathers are the ones who demarcated our boarders? They know but are either complacent or, [it was] intended!