Journalist detained after breaching visa conditions in Nauru

Yesterday 1 News journalist Barbara Dreaver reported from Nauru that her visa stated she could only report on things related to the Pacific Islands Forum.

Today she was detained when she reported on things not related to the Forum.

1 News (3 September):  Leaders begin arriving at contentious Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru

Leaders have started arriving in Nauru for what’s expected to be one of the most challenging Pacific Islands Forum’s in its 49-year history.

Nauru is home to an Australian detention centre with more than 900 refugees and asylum seekers on the island – about 100 of them children.

The increasingly authoritarian Government has targeted opposition MPs, the judiciary and freedom of speech.

Most countries have only been able to send three journalists and the visa states the journalist can only report on the Pacific Islands forum and related events.

1 News (4 September):  Respected 1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver detained by police on Nauru, stripped of accreditation

Dreaver was interviewing a refugee in a café when authorities took exception.

Also: 1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver released after being detained by police in Nauru

1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver has been released, after being detained by authorities in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum.

She has been stripped of her media accreditation for the forum.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told 1 NEWS it’s understood Dreaver may be accused of breaching the conditions of her visa.

Most countries have only been able to send three journalists and the visa states the journalist can only report on the Pacific Islands forum and related events.

Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie said it was highly concerning a journalist doing their job had been detained.

Her cameraman says he and Dreaver had visited a refugee camp to speak with a refugee.

Within a minute of starting an interview in the cabin of the refugee’s mother, security knocked and asked if they had permission to film.

I guess Dreaver and 1 News got what they wanted – attention and headlines.

But they can hardly grizzle about Dreaver being detained when it appears she deliberately, blatantly breached the conditions of her visa. She must have known she risked being detained and discredited and deported.

The Australians treat refugees poorly on Nauru, and Nauru authorities have draconian restrictions on journalists, but rules are rules when you visit countries.

This looks like a deliberate stunt by Dreaver.

It may risk limiting what other journalists are able to report on while in Nauru.

 

 

32 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  September 4, 2018

    She pushed her luck in Fiji & got banned there for a few years too. These places are not all ‘The Friendly Isles’. She’ll get herself hurt one day.

    • robertguyton

       /  September 4, 2018

      She sounds…brave.

      • Gezza

         /  September 4, 2018

        Yep. She could still get herself hurt one day. Brave to us could be insolent little cow to an authoritarian regime & its flunkies.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 4, 2018

          NZ would send a gunboat.

          • Gezza

             /  September 4, 2018

            We’d be lucky if we could send a zodiac with a frogman with a diver’s knife.
            Oz might send a real gunboat. The government there is doing their dirty work.

        • robertguyton

           /  September 4, 2018

          Key said similar of Lucy Lawless et al. Same old, same old…

          • Gezza

             /  September 4, 2018

            When did Lucy go there?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 4, 2018

              It many be brave, but if someone knows what the consequences will be for this, they can’t complain when they happen.

            • robertguyton

               /  September 4, 2018

              Series 3, programme 5.

          • Trevors_elbow

             /  September 5, 2018

            Lucy Lawless. What an apt name..

            I love the Greens . Respect for the law will be enforced viciously when it’s a law they put in place… just wait till the climate change crock law is in place…

            But when protesting illegal occupations are just fine.

            I’m surprised the corporation who’s property was interfered with by Lawless and co didn’t take a civil suit for the costs they incurred when their boat was Interfered with

            The Greens….red on the inside…property is theft commies…

      • Corky

         /  September 4, 2018

        ”These places are not all ‘The Friendly Isles’. She’ll get herself hurt one day.”

        I benign part of the word according to Aunty. Yeah, right!

  2. robertguyton

     /  September 4, 2018

    The conditions were…don’t film anything else on this pacific island…have you a sense of…discomfort over that, Pete?

    • As I said, I think it’s draconian, it’s crap.

      But it seems like the visa conditions where clear to Dreaver and 1 News yesterday. They seem to have deliberately breached the conditions. There was always going to be a fairly likely outcome of that.

      They got the publicity and headlines they wanted.

      My main concern is how this may impact on other journalists visiting Nauru, now and in the future.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  September 5, 2018

      Sovereign country Robert… they set the rules… just like the Soviets did and just as China and Russia do now….

      South African authorities are allowing the killing of Boer farmers with little, if any effort to catch the perps… uncomfortable about that Robert?

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 4, 2018

    Who is most ashamed of what happens on Nauru?

    • robertguyton

       /  September 4, 2018

      The landscape there’s completely degraded and the thinking follows suit; what’s outside is inside. We need to be very aware that the degradation of our environment is reflected in our behaviour.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 4, 2018

        The landscape used to be bird crap. Not sure why you think removing that is a degradation?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 4, 2018

          Wasn’t there a market for guano at one time ? I have a dim recollection of reading about this.

          • Gezza

             /  September 4, 2018

            Yes, it’s phosphate.

          • robertguyton

             /  September 4, 2018

            Was there a market for guano?
            Oh yes. There certainly was. Till they depleted the reserves; Australia and NZ, farming destroyed that island and the spirit of the people on it. Disgraceful.

            • Corky

               /  September 4, 2018

              They got their own back. Guano helped give us excess phosphate in our diet while simultaneously locking up minerals.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 5, 2018

              I seemed to remember it from school.

              In one or two Trollopes, people invest in guano – not from Nauru, I forget where it was then.

              I’d have expected it to be too strong to be used as manure, but it can’t have been.

        • robertguyton

           /  September 4, 2018

          Guano’s one of the most valuable of resources, Alan. Aotearoa was sustained by seabird droppings since forever and until we brought rats and farming practices. I’m surprised at your insensitivity on this issue. Have you seen post-guano Nauru? DEGRADATION.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 4, 2018

            Umm, two things, Robert:
            1. Guano is only valuable if you mine it. The Nauruans didn’t so it was no use to them.

            2. Aus, NZ and UK paid compensation to the tune of a $1B fund. The Nauruans squandered it.

            • Blazer

               /  September 4, 2018

              what did they squander it on?…beer and…?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 4, 2018

              Idleness, foolishness and corruption I think. There is nothing left apparently.

            • robertguyton

               /  September 5, 2018

              Guano is valuable if it’s…the ground beneath your feet. The rock that was all that remained once the guano was removed was a moonscape. Why did the people of Nauru “squander their wealth”? The pillage of their homeland destroyed their culture and left them to all intensive purposes, psychotic. Who’s to blame for all this? Australian and New Zealand farmers and those who encourage their behaviour, Imo.

  4. robertguyton

     /  September 4, 2018

    I/S reckons…
    “Detaining journalists for doing their jobs and reporting on matters of public interest is outrageous – but sadly what’s expected now in Nauru. Once a democracy, the country has become an authoritarian state, driven in that direction by the flow of Australian gulag money. Australian racism has given us a dictatorship in our own back yard. And if Australia ever changes its policy and cuts off that money, then things on Nauru will likely get even worse.”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 4, 2018

      I missed the beginning, but there was an interview with a refugee and I thought that it was there. It was a man who faced away from the camera.I can’t find it again, of course.

  5. NOEL

     /  September 5, 2018

    Draconian or not she chose to ignore the rules.
    http://nauru-news.com/new-zealand-journalist-barbara-dreaver/