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NZ reporter released after being detained in Nauru

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Journalist Barbara Dreaver has been released after being detained in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum summit, TVNZ is reporting.

RNZ's reporter on Nauru said it was understood Ms Dreaver was taken to the police station on the island after trying to interview a refugee at one of the refugee camps.

World Vision New Zealand said it helped Ms Dreaver connect with refugees on Nauru and it was contacted by its liaison person this afternoon.

They said Ms Dreaver's interview had been stopped by the Nauru police, and she was taken by them.

The Nauru Government has limited the movements of journalists covering the summit and placed restrictions on who they can talk to.

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was with Ms Dreaver during the ordeal.

The Nauru government had limited the journalists covering the summit and placed restrictions on those who got approval to go, limiting who they could talk to and what issues they could discuss.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was also banned from covering the Forum summit after the Nauruan government accused the public broadcaster of "continued biased and false reporting" about the country.

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