Shahidul Alam
In response to the news that photographer Shahidul Alam has been granted bail by a High Court bench in Bangladesh, I issue the following statement:
I have been informed by reliable sources about the release on bail of Mr. Shahidul Alam, human rights defender, prominent photographer, and founder of the Drik photo agencyand ofthe Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, after spending 102 days in jail on charges of violating Section 57 of the draconian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
According to the information received, on November 15, 2018, the High Court in Dhaka granted bail to Mr. Shahidul Alam. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that he would appeal the High Court’s decision to grant Mr. Shahidul Alam bailbefore the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
I welcome the release on bail of Mr. Shahidul Alam, but remain deeply concerned by the ongoing judicial harassment against him, which clearly aims at punishing him for his peaceful and legitimate human rights activities. I now call on Bangladeshi authorities to ensure his prompt release, and for the charges to be dropped altogether.
I urge the authorities of Bangladesh to end all acts of harassment, including at the judicial level, against him and all human rights defenders in the country.
William Nicholas Gomes
Journalist and Human Rights Activist
York, United Kingdom


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