Nigerian newspaper Punch Newspaper, which is owned by the Nigerian government, has said it would start selling its online edition next week.
The move comes amid concerns that the newspaper’s online edition will not be able to cope with the growing online piracy threat.
The paper has published a series of anti-piracy measures since the beginning of the year including the closure of its internet services in the country, restricting its online users from accessing pirated content and a ban on its social media accounts.
The decision to stop its internet service comes after it was revealed that the Nigerian branch of the paper was using the internet to illegally download films and TV shows.
The Punch Newspaper has been in operation for more than a decade in Nigeria.
It is owned and run by the government, which uses the newspaper to publish reports on the country’s economy, crime and security.
A government official told the newspaper that it would sell the online edition to an online media company, which will pay the newspaper a commission for its use of the internet.
“Punch Newspaper has decided to launch a new online edition in the coming weeks.
This will allow it to be a new source of news and entertainment for people across the country,” the official said.”
We hope that our new online publication will be a valuable addition to the Nigerian people’s news and information.”
The Punch newspaper has been facing criticism from many quarters in Nigeria after the newspaper reported that the country had recorded a record amount of piracy in 2015.