The brawl continues

Up in a brawl

A heated exchange of allegations, arguments, and explanations between a media house and the government has presently stolen the show in the media and on the internet.

And the recent one is that of the Prime Minister (PM) Jigmi Y Thinley, offering an explanation to the people on the Gyelpozhing land case. Besides the local newspapers, it was also posted online on the cabinet’s website.

The PM contended that the Gyelpozhing case was fabricated to malign the government and what transpired 10 years ago has nothing to do with the present government.

Lyonchhen said the primary reason for consenting that the case be investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was to set a precedent under the government’s “Zero tolerance policy against corruption”.

While the brawl continues, the pivotal question here is how long it will take the ACC to wind up the investigation and come out with the conclusion. Almost all are waiting for this particular case to end.

It has been a little more than a year now since investigation began on the Gyelpozhing land case. Why is it taking too long?

The ACC have its own functioning norms and setbacks, but the delay is definitely taking a toll on people’s lives, especially those who feel they have been dragged into the case.

All are pleas for the ACC to expedite the investigation. The PM urged the same while presenting the State of the Nation report earlier. It was even reiterated at the National Graduate Orientation Program.

Similar dissentients also resonated in the recent parliament session from ministers and MPs.

However, the ACC has maintained that they cannot say anything unless the investigation is over. The ACC reiterated that investigation is going on even now.

While it’s vivid that the wait is just not over, whatever that is presently happening is apparently not good either, with allegations and counter allegations one after the other between the government and the media.

There is no denying the importance of the elected government and the media in a democratic setting. Both are imperative. But the people are losing trust in the two institutions. They don’t know just who to believe- the elected government or the media house.

The PM earlier asserted that even when media made mistakes, the government has not taken them to court because media needed to grow.

This, according to some people, has completely backfired. It has made media to commit more mistakes and get away easily.

So, there is always the court if the government feels that a particular story is baseless allegations. The government can always move the court instead of tarnishing each other’s credibility. This would not only help the media grow, but also keep the government’s credibility intact.

[August 26, 2012]


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