CNN map replaces ‘Israel’ with ‘Palestina’

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A recent CNN money article titled “Beyond ISIS: 2015’s scariest Geopolitical hot spots” drew swift and widespread criticism after a map featured in the article omitted the word “Israel, ” and replaced it with “Palestina” (the Spanish name for Palestine.)

The case was first reported by media watchdog Honest Reporting,  whose managing editor, Simon Plosker, said, “At a time when the state’s very legitimacy is being called into question by vicious anti-Israel extremists, any message that Israel does not belong in the Middle East plays into this false narrative and feeds those like the Iranian ayatollahs who wish to see Israel erased from the map.”

Honest Reporting Managing Editor Simon Plosker adds:

Whether it was an oversight or something more sinister, CNN’s illustration of the Middle East without Israel is completely unacceptable.

At a time when the state’s very legitimacy is being called into question by vicious anti-Israel extremists, any message that Israel does not belong in the Middle East plays into this false narrative and feeds those like the Iranian ayatollahs who wish to see Israel erased from the map.

How many times can CNN keep making these shoddy errors before the network takes remedial action to address its Israel problem? We fully expect CNN to replace this inaccurate map as quickly as possible.

 

Following the publication of this post and the complaints of many HonestReporting subscribers, CNN has removed the map in question and replaced it with an image of the aftermath of a Syrian airstrike in Aleppo.

While we question how the error occurred at all, nonetheless we commend CNN for taking prompt action.

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