PPF concerned over the detention of Bangladeshi Journalist
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minster of Bangladesh expressed serious concern over the detention of photojournalist Shahidul Alam in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on Sunday evening, August 5.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali demanded immediate and unconditional release of photojournalist Shahidul Alam and also urged the Bangladeshi government to ensure safety of journalists in the country.
According to International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a group of men identifying themselves as detectives from Dhaka police entered Alam’s apartment in Dhanmondi and forcefully took him away. They also broke the CCTV cameras and disconnected the intercom of building. Later on Dhaka Metropolitan Police Detective Branch confirmed they arrested him for investigation over his Facebook posts regarding student protests.
Shahidul Alam is a photojournalist, reporter and the founder of the Bangladeshi multimedia organization Drik and Pathshala Media Institute. According to the news reports this incident took place soon after when Alam went live on his Facebook page reporting an attack on him by ruling party activists because he was taking a footage of their protests. Alam also supported student protestors from the streets of Dhaka and reported such happenings on his Facebook. In his interview with Al-Jazeera, he also criticized the government. On August 4 and 5 different protestors and journalists were also attacked by unknown men in different parts of the city.