Over 250 activists and journalists demanded immediate release of a Bangladeshi photographer who was detained by the country's police for making "provocative comments" while speaking to a news channel about the student protests.
The "detention and murderous attack" on Shahidul Alam was "symptomatic" and writers, journalists and social media activists in Bangladesh over the last several years suffered similar repression, according to the letter signed by artistes, photographers, scientists and intellectuals.
"We condemn, in the strongest possible way, the arrest, brutality and dishonour done to Shahidul Alam. The message is simple. Alam exercised his right as a citizen. No charges must be bought under section 57 of the draconian ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Act," the letter said.
Alam was arrested this week after police officers entered his home and bundled him into a waiting van just hours after his interview criticising the government for its crackdown on peaceful protest was broadcast by a news channel.
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