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Photographers demand immediate release of Shahidul Alam

  • Published at 12:32 am October 17th, 2018
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Photographers demand the immediate release of Shahidul Alam, at a protest at the base of the Raju memorial sculpture near Dhaka University’s TSC on Tuesday; October 16, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Around sixty photographers attended the demonstration

Photographers on Tuesday demanded the immediate release of internationally renowned photographer Shahidul Alam, in a demonstration at the base of the Raju memorial sculpture near Dhaka University’s TSC.

Around sixty photographers including Tanvir Murad Topu, Aminuzzaman, Sudipto Salam, Nasir Ali Mamun, Yousuf Tushar, Taslima Akhter, and Moinuddin Ahmed took part in the protest.

Addressing the demonstration, Munira Morshed Munni said: “Shahidul Alam has already been imprisoned for 70 days, merely for expressing his views. We demand his immediate release.”

She further said that many women photographers in the country have been able to move forward in the industry due to Shahidul Alam’s guidance. 

Photographer Nasir Ali Mamun said: “Shahidul Alam is a wizard of photography. He has taken Bangladeshi photography to the international stage, and the photography teaching institutes he founded, Pathshala and Drik, have brought about a revolution in the country’s photography industry.”

Taslima Akhter said: “Shahidul spoke out against irregularities and abuse of power by the government, but his speech has been labelled as conspiracy. He is still imprisoned under Section 57 of the infamous ICT Act, which was used to suppress voices of dissent.”

ShahidulAlam, 63, was detained by plainclothes police from his home, hours after giving an interview to Al Jazeera about the student protests for road safety. He had documented and discussed the protests on Facebook Live on August 5.