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What the Arrest of Photographer Shahidul Alam Means for Press Freedom in Bangladesh

By August 9, 2018Advocacy, Current News

Activists and photographer Shahidul Alam arrives surrounded by policemen for a court appearance in Dhaka on Aug. 6, 2018. Munir Uz Zaman—AFP/Getty Images

ASMP Executive Director’s Note: I urge members to support the international drive to free Shahidul Alam immediately.  It is unconscionable that the government of Bangladesh jail him over comments made about a dangerous situation he was reporting on as a journalist.  The government of Bangladesh needs to end immediately policies that are targeting journalists such as Shahidul Alam and making it very dangerous to operate freely to report stories of importance to Bangladeshi citizens.  This must stop and Shahidul should be freed immediately. To sign the change.org petition for release of Shahidul Alam.

Cross-posted from time.com

[by Billy Perrigo]

When the acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam gave an interview to Al Jazeera on Sunday, he did not have the demeanor of a man who knew he was going to be arrested.

But just hours after the 63 year old finished that Skype interview from his home in the capital, Dhaka, around 20 plainclothes officers turned up and took him away.

On Monday, Alam was officially charged by police for making “provocative comments.” In the interview, he had implied support for the large student protests now into their second week that have paralyzed Dhaka, a city home to 19 million. When Alam appeared in court, a friend said he was unable to walk by himself and showed signs of being beaten up.

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