Bhutanese journalist recognized
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.