BBS re­futes al­le­ga­tions, calls it base­less

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Chen­cho Dema from Thim­phu

The Bhutan Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice (BBS) aired a pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion on Thurs­day re­fut­ing the al­le­ga­tions made by some of its for­mer em­ploy­ees who had re­signed and later joined pol­i­tics.

Ac­cord­ing to the BBS man­age­ment, the for­mer em­ploy­ees, who are now into pol­i­tics, had al­leged that they were wrong­fully ter­mi­nated by the man­age­ment dur­ing their fa­mil­iar­iza­tion tours.

Call­ing the claim base­less, the BBS man­age­ment main­tained that the for­mer em­ploy­ees were never ter­mi­nated and

in­stead they sought for­mal res­ig­na­tion from the of­fice.

“If they were ter­mi­nated, will they keep quiet? In­stead they would have made an is­sue out of it. We have their res­ig­na­tion let­ter which con­tains flow­ery words thank­ing the man­age­ment for the sup­port and shap­ing their fu­ture,” the BBS man­age­ment stated. “They are de­fam­ing us. We are apo­lit­i­cal and we are not af­fil­i­ated to any po­lit­i­cal party. The an­nounce­ment which was aired in the BBS was our jus­ti­fi­ca­tion in re­tal­i­a­tion to their al­le­ga­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to the pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion, a few as­pir­ing can­di­dates have been stat­ing dur­ing their visit to the con­stituen­cies that they were wrong­fully ter­mi­nated by the BBS. There is no record of the or­ga­ni­za­tion hav­ing is­sued ter­mi­na­tion let­ters, but the man­age­ment does have copies of the res­ig­na­tion let­ter they have sub­mit­ted to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which are proof that they have re­signed vol­un­tar­ily. There­fore, the BBS man­age­ment re­futes the al­le­ga­tions as base­less and defam­a­tory.

The man­age­ment said they came to know about the is­sue af­ter get­ting writ­ten let­ters from in­di­vid­u­als.

“They are real faces with real iden­ti­ties. We haven’t men­tioned the names of the can­di­dates or po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­cause we don’t want to politi­cize the is­sue. It is broad­cast in our own de­fense and we hope that it’ll serve the pur­pose. It falls on us to safe­guard the im­age of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” the man­age­ment added.

Mean­while, some of the for­mer em­ploy­ees of the BBS, who had re­signed to join pol­i­tics, told Busi­ness Bhutan that the an­nounce­ment it­self is base­less and vague. They said that they never men­tioned about be­ing ter­mi­nated to any­one, any­where.

A for­mer BBS em­ployee said he had never men­tioned about be­ing ter­mi­nated and had re­signed on his own to join pol­i­tics.

An­other for­mer em­ployee said, “The an­nounce­ment it­self is base­less. I don’t know to whom the BBS man­age­ment in­tends to di­rect this in­for­ma­tion. Who will take such stupid pride to state that one was ter­mi­nated and would that not tar­nish our own cred­i­bil­ity. I re­signed on my own as the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment in the BBS was not com­fort­able. The BBS can­not abuse na­tional fo­rum for their own vested in­ter­est or just a po­lit­i­cal party says that without ver­i­fy­ing with other par­ties. BBS is fa­vor­ing and sup­port­ing a party and try­ing to pull those can­di­dates who have joined other po­lit­i­cal par­ties. I feel there are still in­vis­i­ble hands in the BBS.”

An­other po­lit­i­cal can­di­date said such an­nounce­ment made by the BBS was un­pro­fes­sional on the part of the man­age­ment.

“Now if the BBS is to run such an an­nounce­ment, I think they should have ac­tu­ally ver­i­fied their source prop­erly. We would like to know their source and we like to know who gave them this in­for­ma­tion. Who fed them this in­for­ma­tion be­fore putting it on air and we also would be in­ter­ested in know­ing, in fact the na­tion would be in­ter­ested in know­ing, whose in­ter­est the BBS is try­ing to pro­tect by run­ning such an­nounce­ment,” the can­di­date added.

An­other for­mer jour­nal­ist into pol­i­tics said, “I love and en­joy work­ing as a jour­nal­ist and I still want to be a jour­nal­ist given the op­por­tu­nity, I never wanted to leave the BBS but so many fac­tors added up. But the BBS should have got our views on broad.”

“As a news or­ga­ni­za­tion they have to bal­ance what­ever they pro­duce. They don’t even talk to us or ver­ify with us and straight away puts up an an­nounce­ment. It’s noth­ing but abus­ing pub­lic re­courses and pro­tect­ing some in­ter­ests,” the for­mer jour­nal­ist added.

Ques­tion­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of the man­age­ment, an­other can­di­date said such acts only in­di­cated that there are pos­si­bil­i­ties of the BBS be­ing politi­cized; which is very painful and wor­ry­ing.

“We also de­serve the same plat­form, op­por­tu­nity to ver­ify and raise our views so that the na­tion and peo­ple are in­formed. It’s not fair at all not to give op­por­tu­nity. We also de­serve the plat­form as a bona fide cit­i­zen of this coun­try,” he added.

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