Media of Nauru

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Media in Nauru remain undeveloped, but Australian aid program AusAID has been financing and supporting their development. As of February 15, 2010, Nauruan media consist in a television station and a radio station, with a fortnightly newspaper due to be launched within days. Former Australian Broadcasting Corporation broadcaster Rod Henshaw is serving as interim media director for the Nauruan government.[1]


In 2009, the Nauruan press consisted of the Central Star News and the Nauru Chronicle, both of which were published fortnightly, and the government-issued Nauru Bulletin, which was published weekly.[2][3][4]

In 2010, the first edition of Mwinen Ko, a monthly community newspaper, was published.[5] The Nauru Bulletin is managed by the Government Information Office (GIO) and is distributed by email and on the official website on a fortnightly basis.[6]


Nauru Television (NTV) -operated by the state-owned, non-commercial Nauru Broadcasting Service- was launched in 1991. In addition to local programmes, it broadcasts programmes from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Australia Network and from New Zealand television. It is the only television company in the country.[1][2][3]


Radio Nauru, also operated by the Nauru Broadcasting Service, broadcasts local content and programmes from Radio Australia and the British Broadcasting Corporation.[1][2][3]

Media Freedom[edit]

As of 2015, Freedom House classifies Nauru press as "Partly Free". Classified as "free" from 2002 to 2013, it was downgraded to "partly free" in 2014.[7]

There have been several reports of media censorship within Nauru, under President Baron Waqa (elected in 2013). In August 2013, Acting President David Adeang placed a media ban on opposition criticism of the asylum seeker deal between Australia and Nauru.[8] Just over two weeks earlier, media coverage of the July 2013 riot at the Nauru detention centre was restricted.[8]

Police confiscated a video recording of a parliamentary session from Nauru Television in May 2000.[9]

In January 2014, the visa cost for foreign journalists rose from $200 to $8000. Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten was quoted as saying "There's more than one way to bar the scrutiny of the press ... it could be a measure aimed at discouraging Australian journalists from reporting".[10] However, the Nauruan government has stated that the increase was only intended to provide more revenue for the island, and was not implemented to deter reporting.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Nauru makes media network from scratch", The Australian, February 15, 2010
  2. ^ a b c "Nauru: Media", British Broadcasting Corporation, May 5, 2009
  3. ^ a b c "Nauru - Society", Commonwealth of Nations
  4. ^ "Freedom of the Press - Nauru", Freedom House, 2008.
  5. ^ "Let’s talk about the issues': Developing Nauru’s media industry", Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 21 October 2013
  6. ^ "Nauru Bulletin", Government Information Office
  7. ^ "Freedom of the Press - Nauru", Freedom House, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Nauru TV censored over asylum seeker deal", Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Freedom of the Press - Nauru", Freedom House, 2002
  10. ^ a b "Nauru to increase visa cost for journalists from $200 to $8,000", The Guardian, 9 January 2014.