An imprisoned dissenter Shahidul Alam gets Lucie Award

01 Nov,2018


Internationally renowned Bangladeshi photographer, academic and activist Shahidul Alam has been awarded the 2018 Humanitarian Award at the prestigious 16th Annual Lucie Awards. 

The distinguished Lucie Awards are presented by the Lucie Foundation honouring photographers and their achievements. 
The award was given on 28 October in recognition of Shahidul’s outstanding contribution to photography, activism and society. Shahidul, now in jail, set up the award-winning Drik picture agency, the Chobi Mela festival, and the South Asian Media Institute.
Eminent professor and scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak accepted the award on Shahidul’s behalf on October 28, said a press release.
The 16th Annual Lucie Awards were presented in a gala black-tie ceremony and awards programme, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York on October 28.
Lucie Foundation said: ‘The Lucies – the world’s most esteemed photography awards ceremony, honoured the greatest achievements in the field – presented awards ranging from achievement in fine art and documentary, to achievements in industry support categories, including photojournalism and advertising.’
Shahidul Alam, 63, was detained by plainclothes police from his home hours after giving an interview to Al Jazeera about student protests for road safety which he documented and discussed in Facebook Live on August 5.
A Dhaka metropolitan magistrate’s court on August 12 sent Shahidul to prison after he was produced before the court following interrogation in police custody for seven days.
Local and international journalists and rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, condemned the arrest of Shahidul and demanded his release.
Shahidul’s bail petition has been pending with the High Court since 27 August. His lawyer Sara Hossain allegedly argued that a decision on Shahidul’s fate should be made as soon as possible, as he needs emergency medical treatment for his deteriorating health and diminishing eyesight.

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