A South China Morning Post reporter has received the Chinese University Journalism Award for his coverage of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih's family and how her plight has affected Indonesia's policy of exporting domestic workers. News reporter Phila Siu last night received a certificate of merit in the biannual award's feature or commentary group for newspapers and magazines. READ MORE: Erwiana: Indonesian domestic helper who became campaigner against abuse in Hong Kong His award-winning entry features a collection of interviews with Indonesian government advisers and local labour groups, with the centrepiece being a profile feature on Erwiana's father, Rohmad Saputro . Erwiana became a global media sensation in January last year, when a fellow Indonesian who chanced upon her at Hong Kong's airport noticed her bruised appearance and reported it to police. Her then employer, Law Wan-tung, 44, was subsequently arrested, while Erwiana spent nearly a month in an Indonesian hospital. The District Court was told how Law had twisted a metal tub from a vacuum cleaner inside her mouth, punched her incisors so hard that they fractured, and splashed her with cold water while pointing a fan at her. Law was sentenced in February to six years in prison and fined HK$15,000 after being convicted of 18 out of 20 charges relating to assault and criminal intimidation. Siu travelled to Indonesia with Post photographer Sam Tsang just days before the sentencing took place. "When news of Erwiana's abuse came to light, it shocked the world," he said. "But as a labour reporter, the most important thing is not about how much concern the issue has raised, it is about whether the government has - after a year - done anything at all to prevent the same thing from happening again." He said the story idea came during a meeting before the court hearing. "I said it casually, but soon we started making calls, and the company approved our application," he said. "I'm thankful to the company for the resources and finances for this trip, as well as to my family and girlfriend for supporting me to be a journalist." University president Joseph Sung Jao-yiu said at the ceremony that journalists were like doctors. Doctors identified people's health problems, while journalists identified and exposed our society's problems, he said. The ceremony was held at Happy Valley Racecourse, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration banquet of the university's School of Journalism and Communication.