This is a good report by Al Jazeera on Sri Lanka. I recommend watching the first 15 minutes at least. Well shot also. They get the usual suspects talking, but a lot of ground footage and reporting. Again, a really wide range of shots and, I think, a balanced report.
Their reporter documented successful rehabilitation of former LTTErs, and travelled to the north. There they document both rehabilitation work and controversy that much of that work is being done by the military, or non-Tamil contractors. In one of the more affecting and demanding sections, they talk to a father whose son was abducted and who has yet to hear where he is.
These are all important issues with a lot of negatives on the government side, but they draw far short of the ongoing genocide that some people still allege. I think the Jazeera covers them fairly and non-hysterically. Paikiasothy tries to speak for everyone and everything in sweeping terms, but the article counterweights his opinion with facts on the ground, most notably from a young combatant returning home, and Prashan De Visser and Sri Lanka Unites.
I think they introduce that segment well:
But there are those who believe this war of words is holding reconciliation between ethnic communities back.
“It’s not about winning an argument anymore, it’s about rebuilding a country,” [said Prashan De Visser]… “Over 50% of Sri Lankans don’t have a friend outside their ethnic community. So how can you talk about reconciliation where they don’t even have a friendship, where they don’t even have an experience to understand what reconciliation could look like. You always have to have a first step. Then there is an urge and cry to see justice for all communities.”
I appreciate the report because it’s not just agitprop for the genocide/Sri-Lanka bad camp, nor is it prop for the government. It talks to the Army, the TNA, the CPA, the Foreign Minister, but also travels with people on the ground. I also come back to the shots, because they have a real width and breadth of them, looking down on Pettah, multiple shots of the Army in Jaffna, and it shows that they really went around and saw for themselves.
This is important because it shows that media coverage is possible and because it shows what it shows. Props to Drew Ambrose, 101 East, and Al Jazeera.
hat tip Omr for the link, in the comments