Friday, December 7, 2007

Media Arbitrator meets media representatives

December 6, 2007: The Media Arbitrator Dasho Dr. Sonam Tenzin met with representatives from the media for the first time after his appointment to the post in October.

The meeting was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of labour and Human Resources yesterday.

According to Media Arbitrator’s terms of reference, the Media Arbitrator will function independently and make decisions in media arbitration. The meeting discussed the role of Media Arbitrator.

Media professionals pointed out that the Media Arbitrator should play an independent role. However they said the Media Arbitrator seems to be like an arm of the Election Commission according to the terms of reference.

They also said provisions should be made for the media to complain against the political parties rather than only the political parties or candidates taking the media to task.

The media professionals also felt that the media should be responsible to point out the flaws of the Election Commission, government and political parties.

The meeting was attended by broadcast, print, online journalists and cable operators.

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