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RELEASE SHAHIDUL ALAM IMMEDIATELY, SAMDEN URGES DHAKA: The acclaimed international Bangladeshi photographer and cultural archivist Shahidul Alam, who was forcibly taken from his home in Dhaka on Saturday night after speaking out against alleged attacks on school students demanding better road safety, must be freed without delay and unharmed, a group of 17 South Asian editors and advocates for media freedom declared today.

“We call upon the Bangladesh government and the relevant police authorities to release Shahidul Alam immediately and unharmed as this incident fuels greater concern about media freedom and freedom of expression in Bangladesh,” said the statement by the South Asia Media Defenders Network, SAMDEN.  “Governments must respect basic rights to free speech, expression and press freedom which lie at the very heart of a democracy.”

Shahidul Alam, SAMDEN said, is known across the world for his riveting documentation of the rights of the vulnerable and poor.  It also said that the country’s National Human Rights Commission needed to take up the issue with the authorities.

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RELEASE SHAHIDUL ALAM IMMEDIATELY, SAMDEN URGES DHAKA: The acclaimed international Bangladeshi photographer and cultural archivist Shahidul Alam, who was forcibly taken from his home in Dhaka on Saturday night after speaking out against alleged attacks on school students demanding better road safety, must be freed without delay and unharmed, a group of 17 South Asian editors and advocates for media freedom declared today.“We call upon the Bangladesh government and the relevant police authorities to release Shahidul Alam immediately and unharmed as this incident fuels greater concern about media freedom and freedom of expression in Bangladesh,” said the statement by the South Asia Media Defenders Network, SAMDEN.  “Governments must respect basic rights to free speech, c c c c