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Hawks and hypocrisy in the Rajapaksa administration

When President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with some editors and senior journalists recently, he was asked about the attack on the Associate Editor of the Nation. His reply was,” You know me, I didn’t care about what is written against me but other people are not like that.” One can conclude that his comments are a […]

A malicious “patriotism” and its impact on media and journalists

Journalists in Sri Lanka are trying to recollect whether they had a worse time under the regime of President Ranasinghe Premadasa when during the height of a crackdown on a JVP insurrection many media personnel were killed or simply disappeared, or if the regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is moved ahead of that dark era […]

Sri Lankan journalists: An extinct and unprotected species

By Satheesan Kumaaran   While the freedom of the press is a precious ingredient of a vibrant democracy, in most autocracies claiming to be democracies, journalists are casualties of the various conflicts they report on.  Sri Lanka is among the worst in this regard showing utter hostility, to say the least, to members of the […]

The Island newspaper promotes pedophilia, sex and fellatio for children

The Island newspaper in Sri Lanka is already known for its Editorial blunders. Yesterday however, it sunk to a new low when it published the following in the children’s section of its daily edition (Page 2, The Happy Island).  Click here for a larger image that places this section in the context of the page.  Clearly The […]

Media responsibility, the right to know what goes on in our own backyards & other such nonsense

The Media’s responsibility in securing it’s own freedom Despite my horror for cynicism, I find myself defeated into just that. While I would like to confine my ranting to discourses with my imaginary friend, reading Ruki’s post From the Tiger’s Den to an Open Prison and the comments made to it just tipped the scale […]

Groundviews back online, with new features and enhanced for mobile phones

Groundviews is fully back online after an upgrade of its back-end content management system to the latest version of WordPress. While the site looks and feels the same, improvements under the hood make it more secure, responsive and easier to use. There are also several significant new features to the site: You now no longer […]

THE GALLE LITERARY FESTIVAL: FROM THE LEFT FLANK

9 February 2008 2008 saw the second festival at Galle, “Let’s Play with Words.” Those present the previous year remarked that it was more varied and incorporated more Sri Lankan authors, both local and expatriate. Implicit in the title, of course, is the understanding that the focus is on creative literature in English, not French, […]

Endangered: Our right to ’shoot’ in public

13 February 2008, Colombo: Earlier this week, a leading Sri Lankan photojournalist was detained, questioned and released by police for taking photographs near a well-known Colombo school. According to news reports, Associated Press (AP) photographer Gemunu Amarasinghe was apprehended by a group of parents who formed the school’s civil defence committee. They had handed him […]

R2P: The Chinthanaya Version

In recent weeks, the public at large has been treated to the unseemly saga of the sacking, reinstatement, cancellation of visa and departure from the island of the Executive Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Dr. Rama Mani. What began as a internal problem of succession and transition within that organisation took on quite […]

Groundviews on your mobile – Citizen Journalism on the go!

Groundviews is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its latest content on mobile devices. Go to http://groundviews.mofuse.mobi/ to access our mobile site from Sri Lanka or anywhere in the world. Groundviews mobile works with Blackberry’s, the iPhone and all recent Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG, Samsung and other mobile phones capable of and set up […]