Government awards media awards

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, our government organized the first Annual Media Awards. Yes: the government organized the event. This is good, but could also be dangerous.

This is good because our government’s sponsorship of the annual media awards could be seen as support for the media. After all, the government is recognizing and rewarding the best in the media, in spite of the fact that, due to the nature of their jobs, those in the media regularly question, and sometimes even confront the government.

This could be dangerous because the media should not allow the government to decide who among them to recognize and to reward.

So from next year, I hope that the media is able to organize this important event without the government’s involvement. At the very least, the winners would draw much more pride and satisfaction knowing that they were recognized by their peers, and not by judges appointed and paid for by the government.

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Very true!

    Government hobnobbing with the media will hinder press freedom and hamper our our approach to democracy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    true, true…
    philip.

  3. hmmm.
    maybe so. but lyonpo’s suggestion that the media people themselves organise the event and recognise people seems like a problem to me, too. i mean, there will always be people crying foul over how the jury and organisers will favour their own people. and there are chances of this happening. we need to rethink the system carefully and then come up with a fair system. because we may not be doing our jobs to bag awards, but winning awards do mean a lot at the end of the day.

  4. TheOtherJThinley says:

    Totally in agreement with di. Why was Tenzin Lamzang left out? Really something fishy!

  5. kikisoso says:

    The easiest job in the world is to crib. The task at hand is to provide beter and viable alternatives.
    OL, let us hear your alternative plans that are more well thought out than just wishful thinking. media people judging themselves will be a bloody melee ….
    I think we should learn the lessons of this award and make it more credible next time around – you know, no jury winners (what a balony), better and more broadbased jury selection, awards for ‘body of works’ and not one report …. and what not, By teh way, what was the Dashos at the helm of MOIC doing, eating peanuts … how could they let such grave inadequacies slip by? Too busy arranging te folds of their ghos and colourful kabneys???
    Until then , let us refrain from cribbing – the easiest job in the world.

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