On January 26, four mobile internet service providers operating in Nigeria – India-based Airtel, South Africa-based MTN, Nigeria-based 9mobile, and Glo, which is owned by local company Globacom – blocked the privately-owned Peoples Gazette in Nigeria, according to the outlet’s managing editor, Samuel Ogundipe, who spoke to CPJ via phone. 

As of February 5, access continued to be restricted on all four of the providers, but the site was  accessible via WiFi, fibre optic connections, and when using a VPN, a virtual private network that can disguise the user’s location to bypass censorship, Ogundipe told CPJ. Qurium, a Swedish non-profit that supports news websites facing censorship around the world, said it set up alternative access to Peoples Gazette’s content via a mirror site and a second domain, gazettengr.com.

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Report Details

Report Type: Denial Of Access
Location: FCT- Abuja
Victim: Peoples Gazette
Affiliation: Peoples Gazette
Assailant: Nigerian Authority