Photographers demand release of Shahidul Alam

DU Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 17,2018 | Updated: 00:25, Oct 17,2018

 
 

Photographers stage a demonstration in front of the Raju Anti-Hooliganism Memorial Sculpture in Dhaka University on Tuesday demanding release of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam. — New Age photo

A group of photographers on Tuesday demanded immediate release of internationally acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam, who was arrested on August 5, holding up their cameras in protest.
The photographers made the demand from a protest rally held in front of anti-terrorism Raju memorial sculpture of Dhaka University on Tuesday afternoon.
Around fifty photographers including renowned portrait photographer Nasir Ali Mamun, freelance documentary photographer Yousuf Tushar, Taslima Akhter Lima, Moinuddin Ahmed, Tanvir Murad Topu, Aminuzzaman, Sudipto Salam among others joined the protest.
Terming Shahidul Alam as the wizard of photography, Nasir Ali Mamun, while addressing the rally, said that Shahidul Alam is responsible for taking Bangladeshi photography to international stage. He founded the photography institute ‘Phatshala and Drik’, sparking off a revolution in the photography industry in
Bangladesh.
Demanding immediate release of the eminent photographer, Munira Morshed Munni said seventy day had already elapsed and Shahidul Alam was still languishing in prison for merely expressing his views.
She also said that most of the women photographer of the country had entered the industry through his mediation.
Tanjim Wahab said that Shahidul Alam taught how to contribute to the society with the hope of bringing change through photography and he was the man who always voiced his concern for the betterment of the photographers’ community.
Tanvir Murad Topu said space for citizen’s freedom of expression has been thoroughly squeezed and Shahidul Alam always stood against any kinds of injustice and he urged all to continue their protests for the sake of Justice.
Taslima Akhter Lima said Shahidul spoke against social-political anomalies and misrule of the incumbent government but unfortunately his speech was labelled as conspiracy and he was now imprisoned under Section 57 of the infamous Information and Communication Technology Act which
was used to suppress voice of dissent.
Shahidul Alam, 63, was detained by plainclothes policemen from his home hours after giving an interview to Al Jazeera about student protests for road safety which he documented and discussed in Facebook Live on August 5.
He was accused of using electronic media to instigate disorder and spread fabricated information and rumours via social
media.
School children took to the street for nine days since July 29 demanding road safety and justice for two fellow students who were killed by a
speeding bus at Kurmitola in the capital earlier in
the day.
Shahidul Alam and at least 37 others, mostly student protesters, were arrested and the police lodged at least 34 cases against them, but no case was recorded against the helmet wearing attackers who swooped on students and journalists.

Video by Sony Ramany

 

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