“The New Zealand Government should be sending Nauru a stern warning that millions in foreign aid will be cut if it does not respect basic human rights”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
Authorities in Nauru detained TVNZ reporter Barbara Dreaver for interviewing refugees on the island.
“A free press is a critical part of a democratic society and no state should interfere with journalists doing their jobs.
“New Zealand taxpayers will provide about $10.5 million in foreign aid to Nauru over the next three years.
“Ordinary Kiwis shouldn’t have to hand over millions of dollars just so the authoritarian government in Nauru can more effectively suppress liberties.
“If authorities in Nauru cannot uphold basic human rights, the New Zealand Government must seriously consider cutting its foreign aid.”