Response to ‘Bhutan’s press freedom index ranking drops by a record 12 places’
The dramatic drop in Bhutan’s press freedom ranking should come as no surprise especially this year. The DPT government in many ways has turned away from its original commitment to ensure a free press and strengthen the freedom of speech.
The government in many ways is already launching an indirect war on private and independent media houses by cutting down its advertisement budget and giving the remaining advertisement to BBS and Kuensel.
The government has also stopped all advertisement to The Bhutanese paper for some critical stories.
We can regularly see and hear about government ministers and bureaucrats bullying reporters into silence.
The Prime Minister in his recent tour defamed the media by accusing them of being owned by people who want to bring him down. The PM is perhaps mistaken that he is not the PM and perhaps some dictator who should not be criticized or ‘brought down’ for his mistakes.
We should realize that the older leadership of old ministers are too used to an old system where they had absolute power and could not be questioned. Therefore for them they want only that part of democracy which gives power and privileges and not the part that asks them to be accountable.
Bhutanese media was never free but even the limited freedom that it had got after democracy was introduced is rapidly and forcefully being quashed by a government that only pays lip service to democracy.
Response to ‘Three new Private colleges tied up in red-tape’
Bureaucrats do not think beyond their borders. The ease of doing business is the only way for the country to progress. There is a need to have a major cut in red tape. Policies should be dynamic and changes should be brought in if people cannot comply.Bringing in changes to current strict policies is also a good selling point for the aspirant candidates for Member of Parliament. I hate the poor attitude of bureaucrats towards private growth.
The govt does not want more private colleges and schools in FDI as there is an Education City coming up otherwise there would be no investors for the Education City so that is why I think govt is delaying the process. I think there must be some fishy things going on in the Education City business and maybe relatives of ministers are involved in the Education City. So forget about setting up private colleges and schools.
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