Role of Kuensel in Fostering Democracy in Bhutan

Mehta, Sanjeev

In: Media and public culture: proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Bhutan Studies. Thimphu, Centre for Bhutan Studies 2007, pp. 297-333 . ISBN 99936-14-41-6

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In this study, the role of Kuensel in fostering the democratic process is estimated on the basis of four important functions: provider of information, interpreter of the events, initiator of public debate, and as a watchdog. Since its inception Kuensel has greatly contributed to disseminate the information and later in promoting public discussion, albeit on a smaller scale. Findings of this study suggest that Kuensel's regular readership is not very high and also that its news reporting despite its above average quality cannot make an impact on people's opinion. The finding of this sample study suggests that Kuensel is rated as average by the people for its role in fostering democracy. Its aggregate point score is 22.66 out of 40. Its failure to explore and focus the crucial community issues, and consequently its inability to provide alternative solutions to the community problem has resulted in the poor rating. Its role as a watchdog over the public institutions is also rated below average, which is not surprising considering that about 82 per cent respondents believed that reporting in Kuensel is subject to censorship. The regression estimates suggest that issues relating to participatory journalism are vital in strengthening the democratic process. It is relevant for not only Kuensel but also for other media in general.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2009 14:36
ISBN: 99936-14-41-6
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: News media, journalism, publishing
Controlled Keywords: Bhutan, Zeitung, Demokratisierung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kuensel, Bhutan , Newspaper , Democratization , Kuensel
Subject (classification): Media
Countries/Regions: Bhutan