Criminalising criticism of cases is an ‘attack on rule of law’, says one of 19 protesters facing jail for supporting opposition

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 murder or treason, under separate laws that came into force on the same day.

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