The appointment of Kuensel’s Dasho Kinley Dorji as the secretary of ministry of information comes at a very crucial time for the Bhutanese media. When we are all trying to understand what 'free media' is all about. When the media itself is trying to understand itself. And when petty quarrels between the media and the regulators, and also between the media themselves, are becoming a norm. Everyone agrees that Bhutanese media is at an infant stage. But the new era of democratic self–governance will require the media to quickly grow into adulthood. The challenge for everyone therefore is to see that media gets a fair chance to make mistakes, experiment, grow and move on. Hence at the helm of the development of media in Bhutan, we need people who understand media in the first place.
Chief Kinley (as he is popularly known in the media circle) comes with a long experience of seeing the modern Bhutanese media take root, grow and transform itself several times. In fact he has been very much a part of it and his contribution to the development of mass media in Bhutan has earned him the red scarf from His Majesty the Fourth King. Kuensel will lose some leadership, no doubt, but hopefully his appointment as the secretary of the ministry of information will drive the Bhutanese media forward - boldly into the future and take its rightful place as the Forth Estate of democratic governance.
(Chief wrote a nice piece about his moving. Kuensel. 5 Feb. 2009)