Resource book for historians, researchers and media: A year of tweeting from Groundviews


Visualisation of our Twitter followers. See larger version here.

We used the web serviceĀ Tweet Book to capture all our tweets over the past year in a single PDF. We’ve tweeted thousands of times over the past twelve months and have covered,

  • The media fallout of the farcical fast of senior government Minister Wimal Weerawansa in front of the UN HQ in Colombo.
  • Praise for our model of journalism on C-SPAN video in the US, captured from an event at the United States Institute of Peace.
  • Key statements by world leaders like Desmond Tutu on post-war reconciliation and accountability for war crimes
  • Bell Pottinger’s sickening relationship with the incumbent government, largely hidden from public scrutiny
  • Key reports on Sri Lanka from, inter alia, HRW, AI, ICG and the US State Department, including responses from senior Ministers and the Foreign Ministry
  • Foreign relations and the tussle in Sri Lanka between India and China
  • The court proceedings on Sarath Fonseka
  • The UNP’s perennial leadership crisis
  • Key updates on the LLRC, including additions to our media archives, the most comprehensive available on the web
  • Key submissions to the LLRC, including holding mainstream media accountable for highly selective and erroneous reporting of certain submissions.
  • The most comprehensive coverage of the 18th Amendment’s passage in Parliament across any media in Sri Lanka including in-depth analysis, articles and video interviews, plus video of submissions by the TNA in Parliament and the racist responses of fellow MPs.
  • Visualisations flagging the hypocrisy behind promises to abolish the Executive Presidency, and the utter farce of the President appearing before Parliament after it was passed into law.
  • In-depth and sustained coverage of the Panel of Experts appointed by the UN Secretary General
  • Unique use of web platforms to contextualise the first leaks from the UN Panel’s report and visualise key findings
  • In-depth coverage of the Cablegate / Wikileaks affair, with the first and best visualisation to date of how it impacts Sri Lanka
  • Unique use of Google Maps to visualise the extent of the devastating flooding in Sri Lanka in early 2011
  • The bizarre boycott appeal by RSF against the Galle Literary Festival and the response to it
  • The desecration of LTTE graves in Jaffna
  • Coverage of the Cricket World Cup and its impact on post-war reconciliation, including a poll taken by hundreds, and flagging the surreptitious increase of fuel and essential items the day of the Finals.
  • The launch of Moving Images – Sri Lanka’s first high definition short video productions – and media coverage around it
  • Leading web investigations into utterly bogus newspaper advertisements against the UN report taken out by those closely embedded in the Army
  • In-depth coverage of the leadership training programme, including the exclusive publication of the syllabi
  • In-depth coverage of Channel 4’s video documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields including exclusive interview with its producers
  • In-depth coverage of the recent Katunayake FTZ clashes, including exclusive video and photos from our affiliate, Vikalpa
  • In-depth coverage of the recently held defeating terrorism seminar in Colombo, including flagging the bizarre statements of the US Defence Attache, which led to an official State Department press release just two days after

In addition we’ve covered the challenges facing and often, the failure of mainstream media including homophobic editorials and plagiarism, self-censorship, tragic example of racism and Sinhala chauvinism in post war Sri Lanka, war crimes allegations, rehabilitation, breakdown in democratic governance, human rights violations, censorship, clamping down on the freedom of expression, corruption, nepotism of the Rajapaksa family, compelling reviews of culture and art, news articles and information on contemporary events and issues in Sri Lanka.

Read the full book of our tweets below, or view full screen here. The book contains all the web links we’ve flagged and all the public exchanges we’ve had with our readership over Twitter.