Bhutan is a tiny country which has gained some recognition in the international community only recently. The main reason for Bhutan’s seclusion was its location – a small country surrounded by the mountains of the Himalayas. Its status of being a strict follower of centuries-old traditions did not help matters either. However, it started to draw attention when the Dragon King of Bhutan voluntarily abdicated his throne to introduce democracy. Since then, Bhutan has transformed in many ways. Its media, in particular, has flourished a great deal.
Being a regular reader of online Bhutanese newspapers, I must say that they present a complete picture of the country. They keep their readers well-informed and also highlight the problems faced by the people of Bhutan, especially those living in faraway places. There are interesting and informative news stories, features, commentaries, analysis and pictorials. I particularly like the editorials of the Kuensel which are very strong and on relevant topics. Although the Bhutanese press is small in size, it is doing a wonderful job of enhancing the country’s image while simultaneously keeping a check on the government. I wish the journalists working in Bhutan all the best.
Matiur Rahman Dhaka, Bangladesh