Bhutan Media Foundation launches Bhutan Journalism Review Magazine
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.