Edited by Sanjana Hattotuwa, Groundviews is a citizens journalism website based in Sri Lanka. The site uses a range of genres and media to highlight alternative perspectives on governance, human rights, the arts and literature, peace-building and other issues.
The site has won international awards for the quality of its journalism, including the prestigious Manthan Award South Asia in 2009. The grand jury’s evaluation of the site noted, “What no media dares to report, Groundviews publicly exposes. It’s a new age media for a new Sri Lanka… Free media at it’s very best!”
As Freedom House noted in its 2013 annual report on the global media,
Web-based media and blogs have taken on a growing role in the overall media environment, with outlets such as Groundviews and Vikalpa providing news and a range of commentary, even on sensitive stories and events that are barely covered by the mainstream media.
Groundviews maintains two leading Twitter lists on Sri Lanka – one featuring leading bloggers, the other with updates from more journalistic sources and media. These curated Twitter feeds are updated frequently every day and give editorially vetted pointers to breaking news and incisive writing online on Sri Lanka. Follow @groundviews along with thousands of others here.
30 Years Ago was conceptualised and produced by Sanjana Hattotuwa.
In 2011, Sanjana produced the critically acclaimed Moving Images, which provided the inspiration for a bolder and more wide-ranging multimedia series looking at Black July.
In late 2012, on the invitation of Saskia Fernando Gallery, Sanjana conceptualised and curated ‘Mediated‘, a path-breaking exhibition portraying hard data and inconvenient truths around Sri Lanka through art, architecture and graphics design.
Read the Mediated catalogue, with descriptions of the commissioned art, here.
Sanjana founded Groundviews in 2006 and continues to curate it every single day.
He lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka.