Hiis Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk the 5th king of Bhutan recently signed a charter to establish the Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF). The BMF has been established to surmount the various problems and issues that dog this small industry. At the function His Majesty lauded the media and said that the media in Bhutan has a very significant role to play in the growth of this fledgling democracy. The media will play a huge part in making people a part of the democratic process and inform people of their rights and duties. The body will also serve as a protector for the media and will ensure that their rights are protected and upheld. The body will help train and provide international experience to young and aspiring Bhutanese media professionals and journalists.
The foundation will help create a freedom rich envoirment and set forth a code of ethics that the media professional shall be expected to adhere to.