Nauru has shot itself in the foot with ABC ban

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - who will be attending the forum - has declined to wade in on behalf of the ABC, but has called the Nauru government's decision "regrettable".

But on Monday the Nauruan Government said no ABC representatives would be granted visas to enter the country under any circumstances, citing years of what it alleged was biased reporting from the broadcaster.

While the many political and media figures who have spoken out against Nauru's ban on the ABC ahead of September's Pacific Island Forum are correct in what they say, they appear to be missing an important point.

The decision by the Government of Nauru to pick and choose the journalists who cover the Pacific Islands Forum is an appalling restriction on press freedom.

"However it is the sovereign right of every country to decide who enters its borders", a DFAT spokesperson said.

Following ABC's comments, the government put out a second official statement, accusing the broadcaster of being "arrogant" and "disrespectful". The island country is 21 square kilometres in area and has a population of just over 11000, according to the CIA Factbook. The Government of Nauru said it would be "welcoming media from across the Pacific region and further afield", but limits were necessary because of a lack of accommodation.

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He said officials would consider whether to ban boats from going to sea during strong winds. Two other separate boat capsizes were reported in the same area Thursday evening.

The ABC planned to send someone as part of a three-person Australian pool to the September meeting.

Australia's Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, Canberra's equivalent of the White House press corps, on Wednesday threatened to boycott the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit on Nauru unless Australian Broadcasting Corp. was allowed to attend.

The New Zealand Parliament Press Gallery has condemned the ABC ban as "a clear violation of freedom of expression".

All Australians should be dismayed that the Government of Nauru seeks to exclude an Australian media organisation in this way.

"If the ban is not reversed, the media pool will be disbanded".

"The ABC has been pretty forthright in its critical reporting of the asylum seeker issue in relation to Nauru and this is an extension of that", Kingsbury said.

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