Lottery scam

An excellent piece of investigative journalism, about Bhutan’s role in the Indian lottery scam, by Business Bhutan’s Tenzing Lamsang, that screams for answers.

Digging deeper

Business Bhutan, in their last editorial:

“A country like Bhutan would be happy to be adopted by Tata,” a press release from the government’s media cell quoted the prime minister as saying. Writing about that in his blog and opening up another debate the opposition leader took a dig at the media too.

“And to make certain that Ratan Tata did not miss the Government’s invitation for adoption, all our major newspapers – Kuensel and Bhutan Today and Bhutan Observer and Bhutan Times and Business Bhutan – carried the PM’s tempting offer, word for word,” he wrote.

I did, indeed, take a dig. But, it was not aimed at the media. Instead, it was directed at the prime minister’s office, and, in particular, the ability of an influential press officer to control the media.

Dealing with business

Serious business

Serious business

Two months ago, on the 6th of August, I was invited to hold an interesting press conference. About a dozen journalists, all belonging to one newspaper, grilled me for a good two hours. After my brief statement on the opposition party, they fired away rapid questions ranging from politics and business to media, my blog and my nickname, Massive. Our discussions that day were never published – the press conference was, in fact, a practice session. I suppose that was why we had so much fun.

But by last week, those very same journalists were no longer practicing. And on the 26th of September, they launched Business Bhutan, our country’s fifth newspaper.

Business Bhutan, a weekly, is Bhutan’s first financial paper. With two daily newspapers (Bhutan Today and Kuensel) and two weeklies (Bhutan Observer and Bhutan Times) already dominating the newsstands, I was afraid for Business Bhutan and their young journalists. No longer. Their first two issues tell me that they may already have the ability to deal successfully in a crowded news market. Business Bhutan’s initial successes also reconfirm my belief and confidence in our media.

Well done. Good luck. And tashi delek!

The photograph, by Lucky Wangmo, features the BB editorial team with an exhausted opposition leader after the August 6th practice session.