October 31: Bhutan Today, the third private newspaper hit the newspaper stands yesterday. The paper’s first edition was launched by the Information and Communication minister, Lyonpo Nandalal Rai Thursday morning.
Bhutan Today is the first daily news paper in the country. Speaking at the launch yesterday morning, the Information and Communications minister emphasized the role of the media in promoting a healthy democracy.
Lyonpo Nandalal Rai also spoke about the importance of responsible journalism.
Tenzin Dorji, the Managing Director of Bhutan Today said paper will strive to provide a new perspective. He said accuracy, balanced reporting and credibility coupled with simplicity in writing and presentation will be the paper’s guiding principle.
“Our Entry into the media is our country’s commitment towards free speech, free press and free enterprise. This is one of the greatest gifts from the monarchy. A gift to be treasured, cherished and to be passed on to our future generations, if Bhutanese, in years to come are to enjoy,” said Tenzin Dorji.
The paper will cost Nu. five and will cover stories of local and international importance including sports and entertainment.
Bhutan Today has four editors and 16 reporters with four reporters stationed in Tashigang, Gelephu, Phuentsholing and Bumthang.
Bhutan Today’s Managing Director said in another three months they hope to place reporters in all the 20 Dzongkhags.