PM undermines role of media ; asks to sympathize govt

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Prime Minister Jigmie Y Thinely on Friday labeled media as “least contributors for democracy”.

Standing against the verdict of the Supreme Courty that upheld the High Court decision on government tax, PM Thinley said, the media, while growing, is on a populist drive and has done very little for democracy.

“You’re swayed so easily and you do us all wrong, the well intended government and the innocent public,” he told the media while addressing a press meet in Thimphu.

The Kuelsel reported PM Thinley as saying, “You’ve worked very hard to make us feel very guilty of having come to government with such a large majority and you’ve shown no respect for the people’s mandate.

“We’ve been made weak by our strong mandate, by the media and by people who aren’t able to look beyond the present.”

Asking all media persons to read and understand both the verdicts and the government’s appeal letter to the Supreme Court, the PM also requested them to sympathize his government.

“Be true, be trusting and be sincere in your analysis,” he added.

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  1. This is a very good example of how is media treated by the Royal Govt. of Bhutan.

    Other than the Kuensel, the recently developed private news agency is even directed by the RGOB.

    How can the Govt. claim that there is democracy in the Himalayan Kingdom if this is the statement of the elected PM in the democratic system?

  2. The problem with this man is he still carries the feudal mental attitude. He forgets democracy is not a system where every body should support or sympathize the government. The real strength of a democratic governance is to accept all challenges, criticism, opposition and defeats in an honorable manner and find out what went wrong and where and how best lessons could be learnt for future so that the government knows its limits not to bypass supremacy of constitution. The judiciary, in this case the Supreme Court in Thimphu has taken the right decision in reemphasizing and reestablishing the supremacy of the constitution by rejecting the government’s appeal and upholding the decision of the high court on country’s first constitutional case. The media in Bhutan is increasingly becoming pro-people and fulfilling its true role. I don’t think Thinley will dare try to stop the Bhutanese media especially when the international community is watching progress of democracy development in Bhutan. It is high time Thinley changes his attitude and it is not necessary for media to sympathize with his government.

  3. when the supreme court verdict is against the government decision to rasie taxes, Bhutanese Prime minister says that the court under mines democracy and expresses his disagreement against media too. We all must know that pm must be feeling uneasy as democracy was never demanded by the present government, rather it was a gift of king to the people.And the people who sacrificed for democratic struggle are in exile for 18 years.Even the so called democratic government does not accept its own juduciary, then what can we imagine about the fairness of judiciary when thousands of Lhotsampas were trialed in Bhutanese courts.Primeminister going against supremecourt verdict and its own media is rediculous.This case can be relevant to Bhutanese refugees repatriation too. Even if the law allows Bhutanese citizens in exile to repatriate, The Promenister will deny the decision becouse he is the so called people’s leader.

  4. when the supreme court verdict is against the government decision to rasie taxes, Bhutanese Prime minister says that the court under mines democracy and expresses his disagreement against media too. We all must know that pm must be feeling uneasy as democracy was never demanded by the present government, rather it was a gift of king to the people.And the people who sacrificed for democratic struggle are in exile for 18 years.Even the so called democratic government does not accept its own juduciary, then what can we imagine about the fairness of judiciary when thousands of Lhotsampas were trialed in Bhutanese courts.Primeminister going against supremecourt verdict and its own media is rediculous.This case can be relevant to Bhutanese refugees repatriation too. Even if the law allows Bhutanese citizens in exile to repatriate, The Prime minister will deny the decision because he is the so called people’s leader.