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Global Uproar Over 

Shahidul Alam’s Arrest

On September 30, a plane with a banner bearing SHAHIDUL ALAM’s portrait and the message “FREE OUR TEACHERS”

circled above New York in protest of Alam’s arrest and incarceration in Dhaka. Courtesy Wasfia Nazreen.

The esteemed 63-year-old photographer, photojournalist, educator and activist Shahidul Alam was arrested on August 5. Earlier that day, Alam had appeared on Al Jazeera and openly criticized Dhaka authorities’ excessive use of force in breaking up student protests calling for improved road safety.

At around 10pm on August 5, plainclothes policemen arrested Alam at his…

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