Live TV

The sixth session of the Parliament has concluded. And again, during this session too, the National Assembly did not allow its proceedings to be broadcast on live TV.

But this time, the Assembly allowed the Question Hour discussions to be carried on live TV.  That’s a slight improvement. And I welcome it. And hope that, from the next session on, BBS will once again be allowed to cover the National Assembly’s entire proceedings on live TV.

On a related note, BBS’s own efforts at covering the Parliament’s discussions seem to have regressed. Till the last session, BBS would, after their evening news, organize live panel discussions on important issues that were being debated in the Parliament. This time I didn’t see any panel discussions on topical issues emerging from the Parliament. They seem to have stopped.

This is unfortunate. The live panel discussions were well attended, especially by viewers throughout the country. And the discussions were widely considered to be among BBS’s more popular segments.

So as we conclude the sixth session, I offer a quiet prayer: that henceforth the National Assembly allows its entire proceedings to be broadcast on live TV; and that BBS revives their live panel discussions.

 

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  1. True Dukpa says:

    Transparency and accountability in its truest form in democratic government of Bhutan. You know what is wrong with Asia and Asians, we are the weakest continent in all terms next to the Africans and that’s why the prevalent of corruption, poverty, public health crisis, developmental process have remained the same if not worse. Take our country, despite modern development process that started in the 1960s we have not achieved anything as compared to those countries who started development process same time or later. The answer is obvious.

    As for the BBS Live TV, you pointed out their lack of initiative this session on not having any live panel discussion, when there isn’t adequate support from the government, who would be encouraged to do so.

  2. Thimphu Thrompon says:

    Can a 4 year old participate as a candidate of Thrompon? I hope not. See Kuensel news about the latest Thrompon candidate.

  3. Transparency allows citizens more control of information that affects them. Giving “power to the people” puts a new set of eyes and ears on government and holds officials more accountable. where as in our country our highest decision making body want to make the decisions within the closed doors, forgetting the people who elected them. of course forgetting that the what they decide will affect the people around the nation.
    The reason for not allowing Live TV coverage is our highy respected and qualified MPs are not able to raise the issues concerning of the people who voted for them. They are not doing their home work?(not reading the bills). Since they have not done their home work they land up at sleeping in the Hall or Just mumuring after the few MPs who do bring lot of issues.
    some even try to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

    YES i too did not see panel discussions.
    i understand that our MPs are not coming forward for the such forum( other than few Ministers and MPs),they are feared of the public questions, not remembering who elected them.(i can understand from DAWA that our panelist dont turn up at the last minute, making lame excuses).

    Don’t get burned with public questions – Put some SPF 50 on your decisions.

  4. extract from guardian.co.uk by Henry Porter

    “Nothing is new. In 1771, that great lover of liberty, John Wilkes, and a number of printers challenged the law that prohibited the reporting of Parliamentary debates and speeches, kept secret because those in power argued that the information was too sensitive and would disrupt the life of the country if made public. Using the arcane laws of the City of London, Alderman Wilkes arranged for the interception of the Parliamentary messengers sent to arrest the printers who had published debates, and in doing so successfully blocked Parliament. By 1774, a contemporary was able to write: “The debates in both houses have been constantly printed in the London papers.” From that moment, the freedom of the press was born.”

  5. Whatever the Democrats discussed it should show live on T.V. I as a citizen of Bhutan feel that both sides of coin should be full of features of democracy not Democrazy.
    We the public invariably wants to know what bureaucrats are discussing. Lets protect our Constitution and preserve it in the name of Ten Pious Acts and Sixteen Codes of Ethics for the Society.

  6. i too wish and hope that NA will allow live telecast from next session!!!

  7. Too much of anything is not good and this has been amply demonstrated by the NC proceedings which have been aired live. It’s the same two or three usual suspects dominating the discussions only because their ability to communicate in dzongkha is better than that of the other MPs.

    In a way, I think it is good that live TV has been banned by the NA.

  8. Live TV is necessary for transparency. But the govt likes to work behind close doors in secrecy like they do in North Korea and Burma.

  9. Truth_is_Buddha says:

    We have developed into a highly conceited and selfish society. We live and swear by ‘lip service’ mostly. This is evident in the fact that our democratic rulers talk about transparency and accountability and they are the first ones to shy away from these principles. If you are afraid to rule righteously, you should be afraid to rule at all.

  10. kinzangchophel says:

    Dear Ol,
    i think your blog need to remove Guardian the guard of evils and devils…
    your’s faithfully
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