Newspapers are increasingly using the term “Non-Nationals” to refer to Non-Bhutanese people.
This is not good.
The issue has been debated in the past. There was a time when the term “Non-National” was even used officially. But the government has realized the mistake.
It is high time newspapers realize it too.
The term means that the referred foreigner doesn’t have a nationality. It fails to respect the identity of the individual. It is also a very xenophobic statement to make.
We, as journalists, should be a bit more careful about such issues.