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National Geographic calls for Shahidul Alam’s immediate release

  • Published at 08:33 pm August 18th, 2018
Shahidul Alam
File photo of Shahidul Alam Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

In a statement published on August 16, National Geographic expressed their deep concern regarding the health and well-being of Shahidul Alam

International media continues to call for the release of internationally acclaimed photographer, academic and activist Shahidul Alam, who has been under detention since August 5.  

In a statement published on August 16, National Geographic expressed their deep concern regarding the health and well-being of Shahidul Alam. 

Emphasizing Shahidul's importance in the photographers' community, the statement said: "We join together with others across the world that are troubled by Alam's arrest, and support his immediate and safe release."

James Estrin, co-editor of the New York Times also mentioned Shahidul Alam in an article published on August 16. "He [Shahidul] also confronted the Western media outlets that he believes hold a virtual monopoly on how countries like Bangladesh are portrayed- or, more to the point, how they are inaccurately portrayed," Estrin said in the article.

Estrin talked a particular interview of Shahidul's with Lens in 2013, where he said: "Photos of Bangladesh have been used to propagate a colonial view of the world, and as a result, Bangladesh is only known for poverty and disaster. We have to be our own storytellers."

Shahidul Alam, also the founder of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and Drik, was picked up by the Detective Branch of police (DB) officials from his Dhanmondi residence in Dhaka on August 5, and later taken to DB custody, in a case filed under the ICT Act. 

He was charged with spreading fabricated information, rumours, and false information against the government via social media during the student demonstrations for road safety that started from July 29, and lasted for eight consecutive days.