Fears Nauru’s sweeping new contempt laws target opposition

Former Nauru justice minister Mathew Batsiua is one of 19 charged for protesting against government crackdowns on the opposition. Picture: AAP Image/THE GUARDIAN

YAREN – Nauru has enacted sweeping contempt-of-court laws that make almost any criticism of a case – including in media reporting – a crime, but create exemptions for members of the government. The legislation came into force last month. Anyone accused of the crime would be refused a presumption of bail, alongside those accused of […]

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