The decree will further restrain the media from reporting government and military abuses, for fear of reprisals through a kangaroo court," says Amnesty International's Pacific Researcher Apolosi Bose.
The decree will extend and deepen the already widespread censorship provided under the Public Emergency Regulations that have been in force since April 2009.
"Fijian journalists have already been intimidated, threatened and assaulted by the military since media censorship was authorised in April 2009.
Now they could face up to five years in jail or fines big enough shut down a media outlet, through a complaints system controlled by government and not bound by formal rules of evidence," said Apolosi Bose
"Going by past experience, the decree's generic references to national interest and public order simply mean that the media will not be allowed to criticize Fiji's leaders, members of the security forces, or their supporters and associates," said Apolosi Bose