The continuing crisis on Manus Island provides some particular challenges for media trying to report on it. It's an expensive trip for reporters at cash- and resource-strapped news outlets, and, even if they're willing to send someone, getting a visa is a struggle.

SBS told Media Watch a few weeks ago they'd been turned down for a visa to cover the closure of the centre, and Fairfax said its photographer was refused entry. The Australian's defence reporter Rory Callinan spent days trying to get to the detention centre while on Manus Island after it was shut down earlier this month.