Nauru | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

Nauru

Nauru

Freedom of the Press 2005

2005 Scores

Press Status

Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

29

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

12

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

13

The constitution protects press freedom, and there have been no reports of censorship of print, broadcast, or electronic media. Nauru has no daily newspapers, but the opposition party Naoero Amo publishes a newsletter, The Visionary, which provides a critical view of the government. Journalists complained of being denied access to an Australian-run detention center where Iraqi and other asylum seekers staged intermittent hunger strikes throughout the year. The two governments claimed that the detainees were not refugees and that media attention to the strikes could encourage the detainees to continue to harm themselves. One Australian journalist was able to sneak into the camp, and her report and photos of the detainees set off a firestorm in the region that has led to promises by the government to reevaluate the detainees' status. The government operates one radio and one television station and is the island's sole Internet provider.