Fiji Times editor Netani Rika was tonight awarded the Pacific Islands News Association Freedom Award.
On Monday Rika walked out of the PINA conference in Vanuatu because a censor from Fiji's Ministry of Information was present.
In May he gave a speech titled "Courage under Fire" at the Pacific Freedom Forum regional workshop in Apia.
In his speech, Rika detailed how hard it was for the media in Fiji to work under strict censorship and how censors from the Ministry of Information came to the newsroom everyday to monitor what was being published.
He said in protest, the Fiji Times published blank pages in its Sunday Paper and the Fiji Times management was summoned and told that blank pages were not allowed under the Public Emergency Regulations.
He said the censors not only didn't allow stories that were deemed anti-regime but the Fiji Times was also not allowed to publish stories on the protests in Thailand and the assasination attempt on Barrack Obama.