Pacific Media Watch

4 September 2018

NAURU: Authorities detain TVNZ Pacific reporter for interviewing refugee

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TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver ... a respected Pacific correspondent who has reported the region for many years. Image: TVNZ screenshot

YAREN, Nauru (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): New Zealand journalist Barbara Dreaver has been detained by authorities in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum summit, reports Television New Zealand.

TVNZ said Dreaver was conducting an interview with a refugee when detained by police early this afternoon.

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An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was with Dreaver but TVNZ reported that it was unsure of her whereabouts.

The Nauru government had limited the journalists covering the summit and placed restrictions on those who got approval to go, limiting who they could talk to and what issues they could discuss.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was also banned from covering the Forum summit after the Nauruan government accused the public broadcaster of “continued biased and false reporting” about the country.

This article is republished under the Pacific Media Centre’s content partnership with Radio New Zealand.

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