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Australian news outlet places Indonesian capital in Bali in online map screw-up

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Australian news outlet places Indonesian capital in Bali in online map screw-up
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An Australian news outlet has had to replace a map they uploaded online that mistakenly placed the Indonesian capital Jakarta on the island of Bali. 9News attracted some ridicule, not least among Indonesians, after the inaccurate map went viral, according to a Coconuts report. The report acknowledges that to some outsiders, Bali is Indonesia, or to others, it’s almost seen as a country in its own right. Still, the news outlet has been criticised for seemingly needing a geography lesson.

The map as it appeared on the site. It has now been replaced with a more accurate version.

9News was reporting on the plans for a new Indonesian capital, Nusantara, in the province of East Kalimantan, which is expected to replace Jakarta from sometime in 2024. The news outlet then uploaded a map showing Jakarta as being on the island of Bali. (For the record, and we’re sure you know this, Jakarta is on the island of Java.)

According to the Coconuts report, 9News also referred to Jakarta as Indonesia’s “old capital” whereas it is in fact still very much the current capital. The original story had come from the CNN wire service, but the map was seemingly all the work of 9News. It’s understood it has now been replaced with one that shows Jakarta in its correct location, but the original is still doing the rounds on social media in Indonesia.

According to Coconuts, this is the second mistake from 9News this week, after it used footage of Indonesian adrenaline junkies running away from a tidal bore in the province of Riau to depict the tsunami in Tonga.

SOURCE: Coconuts


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