Bhutanese jour­nal­ist rec­og­nized

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Co­in­cid­ing with the World Press Free­dom day on the 3rd of May 2015, the Jour­nal­ist As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutan (JAB) , held its An­nual Jour­nal­ism Award 2015, in Ho­tel Le Merid­ian in Thim­phu. The award was given to jour­nal­ist from var­i­ous me­dia houses based on five cat­e­gories in recog­ni­tion of ex­cel­lence in the field of jour­nal­ism. .

The award was or­ga­nized by the Jour­nal­ist As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutan for the first time to in­spire and mo­ti­vate the jour­nal­ists that would help im­prove the qual­ity and stan­dard of jour­nal­ism.

Ly­onpo Tsh­er­ing Wangchuk , the Chief Jus­tice of Supreme Court who was the chief guest at the award cer­e­mony as­sured that un­der his watch , the courts in Bhutan will pro­tect the free­dom of speech and urged the me­dia pro­fes­sion­als for mak­ing the in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the peo­ple in­clud­ing the poor as re­quired un­der in­clu­sive democ­racy.

“Be mind­ful of your duty to our so­ci­ety, rely on emo­tional in­tel­li­gence as Bhutanese, de­liver qual­ity in­for­ma­tion coura­geously, and pub­li­cize sys­tem short­com­ing and fail­ure. All this goals must be achieved through well re­searched and in­ves­tiga­tive re­port with cred­i­ble ev­i­dence.” The chief Jus­tice added.

Rinzin Wangchuk from Kuensel took away the most pres­ti­gious award of Jigme Singye Wangchuck Jour­nal­ism Award 2015. He worked as Dzongkha Edi­tor in Kuensel for more than 25 years and he has been awarded this pres­ti­gious award for his ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion in jour­nal­ism. He also won the best ed­i­to­rial in Dzongkha.

The best ed­i­to­rial for English went to Ugyen Pen­jore from Kuensel . Ten­zin Lam­sang from the Bhutanese for the best in­ves­tiga­tive story in English and Jigme Wangchuk also from Kuensel bagged the best fea­ture story in English.

Ten­zin Nam­gyal from Kuensel took away best in­ves­tiga­tive story in Dzongkha and Nima Wangdi also from Kuensel took the award for the best fea­ture story in Dzongkha.

Sonam Lhamo from BBS was awarded the Best TV Doc­u­men­tary in tele­vi­sion cat­e­gory, Tsh­er­ing Ch­ho­den and Phuntsho Cho­den both from BBS for the Best TV Talk Show and Kuenga Tashi from BBS for the Best TV News Story.

Ra­dio Val­ley took away all the awards in the ra­dio cat­e­gory with Nam­gay Zam fopr Best Ra­dio Talk Show, Thinley Pen­jor, the Best Ra­dio Doc­u­men­tary and Kunga Ten­zin Dorji as the Best Ra­dio Per­son­al­ity.

Ex­press­ing his view as the best TV news story, Kuenga Tashi , BBS re­porter from Mong­gar feels spe­cial to re­ceived such an award for a young com­mit­ted jour­nal­ists. He feels that in­sti­tu­tions like JAB must con­tinue such ini­tia­tives for ever.

“In a close nit so­ci­ety like ours, jour­nal­ists face lot of chal­lenges es­pe­cially from our own fam­i­lies, rel­a­tives, and friends and from higher au­thor­i­ties. Yet jour­nal­ist work hard keep­ing in mind of the jour­nal­is­tic ethics and code of con­duct. Jour­nal­ists com­pro­mise many of their so­cial lives ful­fill­ing the so­cial and moral re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a jour­nal­ist in serv­ing the peo­ple and the Coun­try. There­fore, such honor would def­i­nitely en­cour­age jour­nal­ists to work harder and face more dif­fi­cul­ties.” He added

He thanked the JAB and his par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion BBS for the award in­clud­ing the news ed­i­tors.

Chief Jus­tice Ly­onpo Tsh­er­ing Wangchuk with the win­ners of the An­nual Jour­nal­ism Award 2015.

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