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Jailed photographer granted bail by Bangladesh court

A court in Bangladesh granted bail to veteran photojournalist Shahidul Alam on November 15. Alam was arrested in August on charges of spreading anti-government propaganda.
Nov 16, 2018
DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh granted bail to veteran photojournalist Shahidul Alam on November 15. Alam was arrested in August on charges of spreading anti-government propaganda.
 
He was arrested under the controversial Information and Communication Technology Act, widely criticized by journalists and human rights organizations, who say it is intended to target dissidents.
 
Alam’s arrest had sparked outrage in the country and globally. He was accused of defaming the government and spreading rumours on social media regarding the student demonstrations.
 
The 63-year-old veteran photojournalist was arrested on August 5 after he spoke to international broadcaster Al Jazeera about student protests demanding greater road safety in the country. He has been in custody since then, despite worldwide appeals to release him.
 
"The court granted bail to Shahidul Alam without setting any pre-conditions. We are expecting him to be released as soon as the order reaches the jail authorities," Alam's lawyer Jotirmoy Barua said.

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