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What Does Freedom in Journalism Look Like?

POSTED: 29 October 2018

In light of the detention of Shahidul Alam in Bangladesh, an important discussion at The Photographers' Gallery, London on 4 November.

Autograph is working with The Photographers' Gallery on an upcoming event - considering what freedom looks like in relation to photojournalism and the media. It's on Sunday 4 November, 2pm at The Photographers' Gallery in central London. Tickets are free, book yours here.

On 5 August, Bangladeshi photographer and educator Shahidul Alam was imprisoned on the grounds of incitement and provocation. Having posted multiple times on Facebook about the student protests concerning road safety in his home country, he was arrested hours after an interview to Al Jazeera on charges of spreading propaganda and false information against the government.

In light of this violation of free speech, organisations and individuals across the UK are mobilising in support of Alam's right to express his views through events and displays of his work.

Following an introduction by Saiful Islam about outlining the events that have led to Alam's imprisonment, short talks are given by Lucy Freeman, Mary O’Shea, Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Salil Tripathi, prior to a discussion chaired by Autograph's Director Mark Sealy.

In the spirit of solidarity participants are encouraged to join us in this conversation.


Add your voice to the campaign demanding Shahidul's immediate release. Email your support for Shahidul to Bangladesh authorities via Amnesty International. Read more and act >

Tickets and directions

Read more at The Photographers' Gallery website


UK-wide mass exhibition of Shahidul Alam featured in The Guardian

Images, from top: 1) Shahidul Alam, Smriti Azad [detail], Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1994. Image Coutesy Shahidul Alam and Drik. 3) Shahidul Alam, The commercial centre of Motijheel is empty as opposition parties united to oust a dictator on 10 November 1987 [detail]. Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1987. Image courtesy of Shahidul Alam and Drik.