Editorial

Bhutanese Media: a reality check

Bhutan has dropped six places in the World Press Freedom ranking from the 64th position in 2010 to the 70th position in 2011-2012 out of 179 countries. The organization that conducts this survey ‘Reporters without Borders’ say that indicators like financial pressure on the media, self censorship, freedom to criticize, …

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Understanding the Rupee Report

The Rupee Shortage Task force report submitted on 5th March 2012 is overall a comprehensive report that gives dire warnings if measures both short term and long term are not taken to curb the crisis. The strength of the report is indisputable facts and figures that show that the Bhutanese …

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Controlling the Media through advertisements

The lifeblood of a vibrant democracy in Bhutan is a free media that practices two key principles of a democracy, which are the freedom of speech and the right to criticize. One of the easiest ways to destroy free media is to hit media houses where it hurts the most, which …

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Now the crisis is in the kitchen

  Bhutanese kitchens are getting harder by the day to run. From imported rice to imported vegetables to imported meat, the buying of groceries till it is laid out on the table ready to consume is one mad cycle. Especially with the country facing an economic crisis which could have …

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Understanding Young Bhutan

Bhutanese youth are having a significant impact on various aspect of our society, media, culture, politics, economy and etc but still are a misunderstood lot. The media as an example is one institution where the average age of most journalists is under 25 with even senior editors in their early 30’s or late …

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Three crises that created the Rupee crisis

  The rupee crisis is a combination of three other crises affecting the Bhutanese economy. They are namely, the trade crisis, the financial management crisis and also the individual lifestyle crisis. The rupee crisis being an individual lifestyle crisis can be best summed up in the saying, ‘Bhutan is a …

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All is not bad

There is much gnashing and grinding these days over the rupee crisis, at least in the urban areas. It is important that Bhutanese citizens do not panic over the current rupee shortage which is a temporary economic phenomenon in the long run. While it is important to dream big we …

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Intolerance speaks

 Gross National un-Happiness It has been four years since 2012 and there is now a growing concern about the path that Bhutanese democracy is taking. This is especially so as constitutional bodies and the media is coming under increasing pressure from an increasingly sensitive government. The latest example is statements …

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Lessons to be learnt from the land scams

In the mid 1980s a special committee on land found several irregularities over land cases across the country involving land officials, influential people and judges. Two decades later, the High level committee report of 2003 covering only Thimphu found similar practices involving a similar set of characters. This was despite …

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