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Bhutan: Zam and freedom

The level of silence that Bhutanese media maintained about the departure of a senior journalist Namgay Zam from country is the sheer reflection of how freedom of expression, as guaranteed by the land’s constitution, is flourishing in this Himalayan nation. The media fraternity has not revealed why it was so quiet. Neither it rallied behind…

Fears of segregation

The expectation of change in policy, public perception and sense of equality among all the residents of the country in Bhutan is vanquishing in recent months as the regime projects itself as protector of only a section of people. Systematic termination of fundamental human rights continue to rule Bhutan while world unfortunately waits with presumption…

The Bhutanese would also like to rebut some misleading clarifications given by DPT leaders with regard to the Education City Story. The first is by the Ex-Education Minister who alleged that the Editor-in-Chief of the paper had told him that the minister did not own any land. It is true that the Editor told the…

By Sonam Tobgye and Thrimchi Lyonpo His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck astounded the nation and bewildered the Council of Ministers, the Chief Justice of Bhutan, the Speaker and the Chairman of the Royal Advisory Council on 4th of September 2001 by the pronouncement of the need to draft a written Constitution.1 Sitting on a simple wooden…

Technology is the cutting edge instrument for economic and social progress at this stage. That’s what Bhutan envisioned for while developing the Thimphu IT Park. The government had announced to make Bhutan a techno hub in the region. But, for years, the response from IT companies looked lukewarm. Bhutan has made all efforts to integrate…

An endeavour of the media club to develop reporting and editing skills New Student Newspaper: The Paro college of education (PCE) launched its own student newspaper earlier this week. The 20-page newspaper covers events and activities that take place in the college. The newspaper, which is published in both Dzongkha and English, is an effort…

The Bhutanese media remain silent, or remain unknown, but diplomats from 16 countries, mostly based in New Delhi and Dhaka visited Bhutan in last week of May. Diplomats from Lithuania, Ethiopia, Albanian and Dominican Republic, all based in New Delhi, met with Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley in Thimphu on Friday. Other 12 diplomats had visited…

Bhutan is gradually opening up. Freedom of organisation, freedom to choose political through is getting in though the Bhutanese blood and sense. The mouths that remained shut for centuries are looking for every opportunity to speak, marginalised and sidelined personalities are taking up to show the strength. Suppressed groups are creating avenues to make their…

With the rejection from the National Council members to table RTI bill in the upcoming session of the partliament, that begins on June 8, the council members Sangay Khandu seems bit frustrated. The council members, though few supported his idea, decided against tabling the bill saying the society is too early to adopt it. NC…