Nauru limits media access to Pacific talks

Lisa Martin

The Nauru government is seeking to limit the number of journalists covering the Pacific Islands Forum this September.

The event host cited limited accommodation as a reason to restrict media personnel numbers to a maximum of three representatives per country.

The annual forum brings together political leaders from 16 states and two territories including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Fiji.

It also includes much smaller Pacific nations including Niue, Tuvalu and Kiribati.

Nauru President Baron Waqa is hosting this year's talks from September 1-9.

Refugee supporter Ian Rintoul said he wasn't surprised by the move because the Nauru government is keen to avoid scrutiny of the island's immigration detention centre and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

"It's very suspicious," he told AAP.

A media accreditation form says the government will be choosing which media applications will be accepted.

Nauru increased the cost of foreign journalists' visa applications from $200 to $8000 in 2014, an amount which is not refundable if the bid is rejected.

Mr Waqa has indicated the $8000 visa fee for reporters covering the forum will be waived.

Only two Australian reporters have been allowed to visit Nauru in the past few years.