RESPECTED PHOTOGRAPHER, ACTIVIST, SHAHIDUL ALAM HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN BANGLADESH

07 Aug RESPECTED PHOTOGRAPHER, ACTIVIST, SHAHIDUL ALAM HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN BANGLADESH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

August 7, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – Renowned photographer,
writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam has been arrested and
charged for violating Bangladesh’s Information and Communication
Technology Act and held in Bangladesh since Sunday, August 5, 2018. He
was arrested for merely speaking his opinion about the ongoing student
protests taking place in Bangladesh.This is an egregious violation of
rights, a dangerous precedent and a grave threat to journalists
everywhere. Not only do we demand the immediate release of Shahidul, we
stand as a united front against these kinds of attacks to journalism
wherever they arise in the world.

The Lucie Awards is bestowing the Humanitarian Award to the internationally acclaimed photographer, Shahidul Alam for his tireless work. Lucie Foundation, along with its Advisory Board, and colleagues from the international photography community, are anticipating Shadidul’s acceptance of this award in New York on October 28, 2018. 

More information about this situation can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/06/famed-bangladeshi-photographer-held-over-road-protest-comments 
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/bangladesh-renowned-photographer-detained-media-comments-180806065359943.html
https://cpj.org/2018/08/bangladeshi-photographer-shahidul-alam-detained-af.php
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/06/bangladesh-stop-attacks-student-protesters-critics
https://www.thedailystar.net/news/frontpage/justice-shahidul-alam-1617550

Please consider signing on to this statement either as an individual or an organization. It will be sent out to Bangladeshi officials, the Dhaka police and US diplomats in Bangladesh.

About Lucie Foundation – Lucie Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. In additional to Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), the foundation presents year-round programming to support high school students through SNAPSHOP!, emerging and professional photographers through the Lucie Scholarship Program and master photographers through The Lucie Awards. The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation.    www.luciefoundation.org

see press release