Media in Bhutan..

There are two citizens in the world, one the active and i don’t know the latter one and i choose to be the former one. Not so many years back i wanted to become a journalist, i think the word,’desired,’ suffices more closely to the kind of thoughts and aspirations i had with becoming one. Like i have said in my other post, i would like to think that most of the time my wisdom didn’t kick during such periods when i desired to become a journalist.

 

Until today i have never reminisced about those few minutes in my class where a new or substitute teacher would let us talk about our ambitions, hobbies,village and etc etc..As i saw a piece of article from one of the local news paper the first thing that caught my attention was, the topic: What was the article about?  Where and when did it happen and most importantly identifying the people in the picture. The funniest thing is i never  look at who wrote the article because we have so many reporters with very few skills and that is a preconceived notion in me as a child. And now as an adult i have every reason to support my theory.

Actually i don’t know the reasons for not wanting to become a journalist in the first place, it is like a dream in a fools life where he thinks he will become something but slowly that thought seems to be dying along with him..But i am the happiest realising that i gave up on it. If i have to give some real reason for not wanting to become a journalist in Bhutan then they are: For the satisfaction of this hour, let me say this,” It is almost a joke to become one.’ Bhutanese media seems to be controlled, i don’t know by who..but there are always some limitations posed on everything that goes public. I think one of the reasons why the source,’Bhutanomics,’ went viral is because people were amused, fascinated and mostly lost in taking sides of what is wrong and right. And the irony of this source is that they were anonymous!

 

The  work of a news paper, which just to be clear i don’t read any more is to bring out the,’Real picture,’ be it good or bad, and when i say this i don’t mean that i am rooting to read something bad about others. Most of the time, bhutanese news paper publish articles about: Events like consecration of a new temple, road block in Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway, bills endorsed by the parliament and etc etc..not once did i come across a solid article to which any prolific writer would say,’This is what i am talking about.’ I would like to think that bhutanese media is like a gate way to the tourist because most of the time we are always talking about petty events which some how have no opinions; something which is close to an unbiased structure. And to an outsider this seems to be easy to understand since they have zero knowledge about the real situations existing in the country.

 

Bhutanese papers are boring. Because they don’t know which article should be placed where. For example ,the article titled,”Pride of the Kingdom,’ is about four disable youths who bagged 4 gold medals at the Olympic meet in Greece in 2011. And guess what? that article is placed at page 12! Shouldn’t it be placed at the front home page? For whatever reason most of us despise India as a country, we can never compete with them when it comes to their determination and support for sports, when their athletes return home with even a bronze medal be it in any meet, they are greeted like a hero and recognised nation wide as a symbol of pride. The rightful place of this article is at the first page, may be on that particular day something paramount might have happened but nothing so big not to decrease the number of pages it should have gone forward..

I think the main reason being ,  journalism is the kind of field where any body can procure it..of course in the 21st century without a set of degree nobody is recognised as have mastered in that particular field yet again in order to become a journalist all one has to do is read as much as you can and write. Because that is what journalism is all about..read, write, read, write, fail, succeed and the cycle continues.

 

 

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