PINA says Fiji Times editor Netani Rika deserved this year's Media Freedom Award because of the constant threats he's been forced to live under since the 2006 coup.
Rika has been threatened repeatedly, his house has been firebombed, his car stoned and his family put at risk over the past two years.
"In spite of these cowardly attacks on him, and the censorship imposed on his newspaper by the military and the deportation of two of his publishers, he has demonstrated - both at a public and private level - a strong resolve to uphold journalistic principles," PINA said a statement.
"PINA salutes Netani Rika for his professional and moral integrity and the courage he displayed in being prepared to stand up publicly on his principles, knowing that his words were placing him at risk."
"PINA takes the opportunity to reiterate its condemnation of the extreme situation of media censorship now prevailing in Fiji. It calls on the provisional military government to lift immediately the emergency regulations under which journalists are prevented from doing their job and the Fiji public is kept informed."