• Thursday, August 11, 2022

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Bangladesh court asks government for justification over jail of prominent photographer

Shahidul Alam

By: Sarwar Alam

Bangladesh’s High Court issued a notice to the government on Sunday (7) asking it to justify why a prominent social activist should not be granted bail, in a case widely seen as a test for freedom of speech. Shahidul Alam, an award-winning photographer, was detained in August on suspicion of spreading “propaganda and false information” during widespread student protests. He was picked up from his home hours after giving an interview to Al Jazeera, in which he accused the government of extrajudicial killings and corruption – accusations the government dismissed. The 63-year-old had also posted comments on social media saying…

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