Bhutan Me­dia Foun­da­tion launches Bhutan Jour­nal­ism Re­view Mag­a­zine

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The Bhutan Me­dia Foun­da­tion launched the first is­sue of tri- an­nual mag­a­zine Bhutan Jour­nal­ism Re­view Mag­a­zine last Fri­day in the cap­i­tal. The pub­li­ca­tion is ded­i­cated to the Bhutanese me­dia and the re­view will closely fol­low Bhutanese jour­nal­ism and other af­fairs of the me­dia.

The first is­sue of the tri-an­nual mag­a­zine presents the me­dia sce­nario to­day and sug­ges­tions for the way for­ward. While those are far from con­clu­sive, the Bhutan Me­dia Foun­da­tion wel­comes peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the Bhutanese me­dia in­clud­ing pol­icy mak­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers, prac­ti­tion­ers and read­ers or view­ers to share their views and come to­gether to strengthen the Bhutanese me­dia.

The Bhutanese me­dia have come a long way. De­spite nu­mer­ous chal­lenges con­fronting them, they con­tinue to of­fer space for dis­course at dif­fer­ent lev­els on is­sues con­cern­ing the coun­try. In re­flect­ing some of so­ci­ety’s best mo­ments and some bleak ones, the Bhutanese me­dia have been de­prived of sub­stan­tial space to reg­is­ter is­sues they were them­selves grap­pling with.

A vi­brant me­dia for a vi­brant democ­racy em­pha­sizes the im­por­tance of me­dia in a democ­racy. But barely eight years into the coun­try’s tran­si­tion to a democ­racy and the Bhutanese me­dia is in dis­tress. While at­tempts are be­ing made to rekin­dle their vigour through train­ings and pol­icy ad­just­ments, a plat­form to closely dis­cuss prob­lems and seek so­lu­tions is one im­por­tant way for­ward. The ef­fort is in line with BMF’s prime man­date of help­ing me­dia devel­op­ment, as stip­u­lated in the royal char­ter.

The 48 page mag­a­zine will be dis­trib­uted free of charge and was printed and pub­lished with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from Swiss Agency for Devel­op­ment and Co­op­er­a­tion. The con­tent and con­cept was de­vel­oped by Dhensel Re­search and Con­sult­ing, a lo­cal me­dia con­sult­ing firm.

The Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ly­onpo D.N. Dhungyel graced the launched the oc­ca­sion.

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