The second Annual Journalism Awards will take place on 3rd May, coinciding with World Press Day. Good.
But, like last year, the government is organizing the event. Not good.
It is in the media’s interest to decide, without government interference, how to recognize and reward good journalism. And, equally important, who to recognize and reward. So the media should be organizing this important event.
For the sake of a vibrant media, the media should not permit the government to organize the second Annual Journalism Awards. Instead, they should organize the Bhutan Media Foundation to conduct the awards.
If time is the issue, just postpone the event. It does not necessarily have to coincide with World Press Day.
The government, if they so wish, could go ahead, but with other celebrations, to mark World Press Day celebrations.