Internationally acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam walked out of jail this evening after languishing in jail for 108 days.
He walked out of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj around 8:20pm, our Staff Correspondent reports from the spot.
Earlier on November 15, Shahidul Alam obtained permanent bail from the High Court. The High Court granted him permanent bail considering his age and the time he spent behind bars.
Who is Shahidul Alam?
Shahidul is one of the most respected photographers in the world. His pictures have been published in almost all the global newspapers and magazines in the world. He is among that elite corps of global photographers who is regularly hired by the most renowned global publications to do assignments in various parts of the world.
He set up the award-winning photo agency called Drik. His school, Pathshala, is now the most renowned photography school in South Asia and considered one of the finest in the world, bringing foreign students and guest teachers from many parts to our country. He has set up the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and the South Asian Institute of Photography to promote photojournalism.
Why was Shahidul in jail?
The photographer was sent behind bars on charges of “spreading propaganda and false information against the government”.
Shahidul was picked up by law enforcers on the night of August 5 from his home in the capital’s Dhanmondi area during the student protest for safe roads.