Bhutan Center For Media and Democracy
The first democratic government of Bhutan was elected through general elections on March 24th, 2008.Therefore the requirement of an independent media that can educate and continue to inform the public about the issues that the country will and can face, and the need for a public space in which the issue can be discussed and information disseminated has never been more urgent. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) was thereby created with the intention of initiating research, seminars, papers, and books, and piloting activities to educate all sections of the Bhutanese society in the culture of democracy.
The Bhutan Foundation helped establish and create the Center for Media and Democracy. With support from the Bhutan Foundation CMD has thus far made briefings with the parliament to understand the role of media and democracy, and started writing workshops on media literacy and civic education. Other planned activities include an interactive web portal, publication of books, research publications and materials, seminars and curricular development on media use and impact of print, online, and AV media, and seminars and training for public officials, politicians, students, teachers, bureaucrats and other sections of society related to democracy, media, and civil society.