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Colombo International Film Festival: Six Days That Would Change Your World

It is possible that one may find my title to be exaggerated: this is not the first time that we are hearing the words ‘international film festival’ in a Sri Lankan context. Over the years, we have had many events of this nature where films made by non-Sri Lankans were shown together. True, those words […]

When press releases become propaganda

How the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2014 was reported in Sri Lankan media reads as a cautionary tale when dealing with press releases. The report was brought to my attention upon reading an ‘article’ in the Daily FT titled ‘World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2014: Sri Lanka top in South […]

Verifying user generated content online: Rough guides in Tamil, Sinhala and English

Photo by Thyagi Ruwanpathirana The poor mainstream media coverage of the anti-Muslim riots in Aluthgama in June 2014 was a vacuum filled, in large-part, by content published in real-time and for weeks after the violence on the web and online social media fora. This volume, variety and velocity of perspectives and content, while in the […]

Relevance of Freedom of Association in 1992 and today: Ratawawi Peramuna and its players

Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News, via The Japan Times Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), are the popular punching bag of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), when its actions are challenged by any individual and/or organization. Name-calling, brandishing circulars to warn NGOs and now a draconian law to prevent them from raising public issues has been the […]

Five years of vanquished journalism: A self critique

Image courtesy Grassrooted For nearly three decades, it remained Sri Lanka’s biggest story. Over the years, the resplendent island became known, not for its human development indicators or as a vibrant democracy, but as the birth place of the deadly Liberation Tigers – and what fuelled its birth, growth and its destructive impact on the […]

Partnership to protect free expression online: Project Galileo

I am both proud and pleased to welcome the launch of Project Galileo by CloudFlare, for which the Centre for Policy Alternatives – the institutional anchor of this site – is a global launch partner. As noted in CloudFlare’s blog post announcing the launch of the new initiative, Project Galileo’s goal is to protect free […]

Sri Lanka’s media, five years after the end of war

Photo courtesy Sri Lanka Brief The guns are silent and the bones buried beneath the sands of the beaches of Mullivaikkal are replete with a story, but the tales they must tell are drowned in a cacophony of half-truths and downright lies that block the healing of the hearts and minds of the men, women […]

Pricing and availability of ‘Short & Sweet': An anthology of Sri Lankan hint fiction

The launch of Short & Sweet, Sri Lanka’s first hint fiction anthology, will take place exactly a week hence in Colombo. Details of the book as well as the venue for the launch can be accessed here. You can also follow key updates around the launch via an event page on Facebook. Perera-Hussein Books, the publishers […]

2013 Top 20: Our Most Popular Posts of the Year

Photo courtesy Vikalpa The 20 most read posts on Groundviews over the course of 2013. Numbers in italics indicate pageviews since the article was published, accurate at the time of publication. CHOGM 2013: A lie well told 14,463  Coercive Population Control in Kilinochchi 13,476  Mohammed Irshad’s story and the banality of violence in the Rajapaksa […]

Looking Back at Six Decades of Lankan Journalism: What went wrong?

Edwin Ariyadasa, who completed 91 years on 3 December 2013, is one of two grand old men of Lankan journalism still practising their craft (the other being D F Kariyakarawana, also 91). The veteran journalist has been active in his profession for nearly all of Sri Lanka’s post-independence years. During that time, he has played […]