New democracy fines BBS for holding a discussion panel (Media)

Published on Jan 15 2009 // Main News

Thimphu, January 15: The media authority body, Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority (BICMA), which was formed for monitoring media activities in Bhutan, has fined Bhutan Broadcasting Corporation (BBS) for holding a panel discussion on the pre-paid taxi service this month.

"We are asked to deposit a sum of Nu. 18,000 before January 23", wrote the official site of BBS.

"BICMA found no adequate justifications to consider such panel discussions as fair, decent and balanced in line with the Code of Ethics of Journalists", said BSS quoting the letter of media authority.

The BSS has claimed that it conducted the panel discussion with appropriate representation including the Road Safety and Transport Authority, as there was public interest and concern over the issue.

This was the first step taken by the so-called democratic government vowing for right to expression and freedom of its citizens in Bhutan. Bhutan News Service