Aussie journalists banned from Pacific leader summit

Pacific media watchdog condemns Nauru's Forum ban on ABC network

Cook Islands- The Nauru government's refusal to allow entry for Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalists to cover the Pacific Forum Leaders summit has been condemned by Pacific article 19 watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum.

"The reasons provided by the Nauru government simply do not justify cutting off independent news reporting of a regional event to the people of the Pacific, by a leading Pacific broadcaster," says PFF Chair Monica Miller.

"We call on the Nauru government to reconsider this stance, and use the public complaints mechanisms to raise its concerns as stated."

Miller said the PIF Summit gives appearances of unity among member countries but the move by Nauru to stop journalists from one member of the PIF to be in Nauru to cover the Summit is a