'Gagging visas' are an attack on democracy

The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state. It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for.

It cannot go unremarked that Australia's harsh treatment of unauthorised boat arrivals is descending into an appalling state of secrecy – the latest absurdity being the Nauru government's decision to hike visa fees for visiting journalists from $200 to $8000.

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