A week of remembrance – Compelling articles and videos commemorating Black July 1983

Groundviews on Black July 

From 23rd to 30th July 2008, Groundviews published at least one article or video a day commemorating the anti-Tamil riots of July 1983Well over 9,000 visitors read and engaged with this content over the past week alone.

Contributions, nearly all written exclusively for Groundviews, came from award winning poets and novelists, senior Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, renown scholars, human rights defenders, civil society activists, artistes, senior civil servants, a former Secretary of Defense and others. All the content is archived and accessible from a single place.

Vikalpa Video

Complementing content on Groundviews are 35 short videos in Sinhala, Tamil and English commemorating Black July on Vikalpa YouTube Video, available by clicking the “Remember 1983” playlist.

Vikalpa Video Channel made it to the Top 100 most viewed channels on the YouTube Reporters category earlier this week, a ranking driven by significant the interest in and traffic to the videos commemorating Black July.

Groundviews is Sri Lanka’s first and award winning citizens journalism website features an unparalleled range of ideas, opinions and analyses on humanitarian issues, media freedom, human rights, peace, democratic governance and constitutional reform.


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