Bhutan’s Struggling Media

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Bhutan’s Struggling Media

Despite high hopes, journalism in Bhutan has struggled during its democratic transition.

Bhutan’s fourth king allowed private media to be established in 2006, to prepare the nation for its first-ever democratic parliamentary election in 2008. The free media was expected to deepen democracy thereafter, as the nation transitioned from an absolute-but-benevolent monarchy to a democracy. However, under two consecutive, democratically elected governments the press has been stifled by financial crises and threats from powerful figures unhappy at investigative pieces. Vishal Arora reports.