MAJORITY WORLD FOUNDER, SHAHIDUL ALAM, ARRESTED AND TORTURED IN BANGLADESH
Internationally renowed photojournalist and founder of Majority World photo agency has been arrested and tortured in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Police have charged the award winning photographer for “provocative comments” made in an al-Jazeera interview about road safety protests that have been taking place in the country. The ruling government has taken issue with Dr. Alam's comments on the high death toll on roadways. He was critical that so little was being done to prevent the needless deaths. An average of 20 people a day are killed, and many more are injured, in road related accidents.
Shahidul Alam has been a longtime friend of our president, Mark Antman. "I first met Shahidul Alam nearly 25 years ago at a photo festival in Perpignan, France. His concept for a new photo agency called Majority World struck me as an idea whose time had come. The Image Works was one of the first photo agencies in the world to distribute Majority World content. In the years since, I have come to know Shahidul as one of the truly great souls who walks the earth. He is a gentle, clear thinking individual with a passion for human rights and the conviction that photography, as a witness, can make a difference. Please come to the aid of my dear, old friend, and sign a petition demanding his release."
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