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Africa’s largest online news portal News 24 is down. Anyone trying to enter the site receives a standard browser message stating that the site is not available.
Update: The site is now back up.
The company’s Twitter account, which has nearly 180 000 followers, put the outage down to “technical difficulties” but did not elaborate any further:
We’re experiencing some technical difficulties and we’re trying to get the site back up as soon as possible.
— News24 (@News24) August 10, 2012
The online news site, which is owned by emerging markets internet giant Naspers, is part of 24.com, a group 22 web channels with a combined audience of more than four-million monthly users. The company employs around 250 people, including editorial, technical and sales staff — making it the largest online media employer on the continent.