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Nauru waives journalist fees for Pacific Islands Forum

President Baron Waqa of Nauru

YAREN, Nauru-May 3, 2018: 3.15pm (RNZ PACIFIC/NAURU GOVT): Nauru has waived visa fees for journalists covering this year’s Pacific Islands Forum.

The Nauru government is hosting the leaders’ meeting in September and says up to three media representatives will be approved from each member country.

Nauru had been under pressure over its US$6000 visa application fee which was brought in four years ago amid focus on Australia’s controversial offshore detention camp on the island.

The government said a total of 30 journalists will be accredited to cover the meeting in the first nine days of September.

“Due to the limitation of facilities and accommodation, and the fact that 30 countries including 18 member nations will attend, the number of media representatives will be limited, as are the number of overall delegates to PIF. This has been the usual practice for PIFs held in small island states.

“While PIF delegates are limited to five from each member nation, there will be a total of 30 media representatives accredited with one to three approved from each member nation. Once accredited, an application must also be made to the Government of Nauru for a media visa as per usual procedures, and the standard approval criteria will apply. Visa fees have been waived for PIF,” the Nauru Government Information Office said.

Expressions of interest for media accreditation are now open, and interested media organisations may apply.

The 2018 Pacific Islands Forum will be held in Nauru from September 1-9, 2018.

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