A NUMBER of leading media websites are giving users error messages this morning following an internet outage.

Websites for the Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, and the New York Times were among those down.

The UK Government’s website is among a number of affected sites in what appeared to be a worldwide internet issue.

The website – gov.uk – reads “Error 503 Service Unavailable”.

The Guardian tweeted: “The Guardian’s website and app are currently being affected by a wider internet outage and will be back as soon as possible”.

Other websites affected included the online discussion platform Reddit, the Evening Standard and French newspaper Le Monde.