How A Blogger's Outrage Drew Attention to a Nigerian Gang Rape Video

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[Editor’s note: First, they took turns raping the young woman in the video. Then the five Nigerian university students posted the footage online. It showed them laughing. It went viral. That might have been the end of it, but then Lagos blogger Linda Ikeji wrote a scathing post about the video. And now, after insisting the rape never happened, the Nigerian government is investigating and some of the men allegedly involved have been identified. Sometimes it’s remarkable the good bloogers can do, isn’t it? At Jonah Fisher has the latest news from Nigeria.—Mona]

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With no victim coming forward, they said they regarded the case as closed.

They reckoned without the growing power of Nigeria's cyber community, whose members scrutinised the video for clues.

One Twitter user offered a reward of 200,000 naira ($1,250, £830) for information leading to the rapists' arrest.

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