Exploring democracy: regulating online media
With the development of a country, the social media like facebook, twitter, and many others were getting popularity in Bhutan. These forums provide platform for the sharing of diverse views, opinions, increasing the defamatory remarks online and the sharing of pornography.
While social media provides that space for diverse views, it has also resulted in a growing presence of intolerant speech globally. Bhutan’s social media space is characterized by anonymous posting and evidence shows that we are still learning to steep that diversity of views was that tenet of free of speech online.
The exploring democracy: regulating online media recent development discussion was held in the capital last Wednesday which was organized by Bhutan centre for media and democracy (BCMD).
The discussion was led by the Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communications Dasho Kinley Dorji, two Singapore lawyers, Tan Hui Tsing and Dennis Tand and one professor Emmanuel C Lallana from Philippines.
The Secretary said, given the proliferation of social media in Bhutan, used by a growing number of people, the ministry is currently drafting a social media policy as part of the national media policy. It will draft guidelines for the use of social media by the government, businesses and the people.
The Secretary further added that, currently the use of social media, in some of the government offices are banned during the working hour, for instance the usage of facebook and the twitter. The essence of social media policy is a guideline to the people.
Tan Hui Tsing and Dennis Tan shared about the Singapore government’s rule and regulation about the social media.
Professor Emmanuel C Lallana from Philipines said that how the social media is very powerful and the how it is very dangerous. He said the policy for social media is very important and the role of the government to educate the people is very important about the usage of the social media.
He also said that the rule for both offline and for online should be the same
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Communication is working on social media policy and updating the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA), said the Secretary.
While, some of the participants who uses the social media said that social media is very useful as it helps to disseminate the information since some of the journalist who had missed out some important point, therefore, it helps us to share our information.