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Statement on Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam

Thu, 16 Aug 2018

Dear JFCC members and friends,

We note with concern the continuing detention of Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam who has now been held in jail for more than a week after comments he aired about a crackdown on recent student demonstrations.

Alam, who faces charges under the country’s Information and Communication Technology Act , is a respected photographer who founded the Drik Picture Library photo agency and launched the country’s first photo festival. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both called for his immediate release and of others who have been jailed for peaceful criticism.

The JFCC Executive Committee