NZ TV journalist detained in Nauru: report

A New Zealand journalist has been detained by authorities in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum, according to her employer.

Television New Zealand reports its Pacific correspondent, Barbara Dreaver, was detained by police on Tuesday while interviewing a refugee at a camp.

The state broadcaster said an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was with her at a police station.

Comment has been requested from the ministry and TVNZ said it would provide more details as they came to hand.

Nauru’s government has given limited media access to the forum, waiving its prohibitively large media visas fee, but only allowing small numbers of journalists to attend.

Its banning of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from the event prompted a boycott by media organisations in the Canberra parliamentary press gallery earlier this year.

Ms Dreaver was also banned from Fiji for eight years over a story about poverty in a village in 2008.

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