25 Jul 2017

Lawyer suspects Australia behind Nauru's journalist blockade

From , 5:04 am on 25 July 2017

A prominent lawyer says he suspects Australia has directed Nauru to prevent journalists from visiting the Pacific Island nation.

Australia has exiled about a thousand refugees to Nauru where the non-refundable fee to apply for a journalist's visa is $US5,000.

Secrecy surrounding Australian offshore detention of refugees recently prompted the lawyer, Julian Burnside QC, to publish an account of life on Nauru as related to him by a resident.

Mr Burnside told Ben Robinson Drawbridge that on Nauru refugees are not made to feel welcome.

A small group of Muslim refugees pray at sunset while other refugees participate in a football match at a camp for the asylum seekers on Nauru, 20 September 2001. The first of hundreds of mainly Afghan refugees arrived on the island 19 September from the Australian troopship Manoora.

Photo: AFP