Today at South Asian Media Academy (Pathshala) a press conference was held by Shahidul Alam, the renowned photographer and the principal of Pathshala who was threatened by unknown young man during the exhibtion Crossfire. On the inauguration of South Asian Media Academy Alam’s exhibition of None Judicial Murder CROSSFIRE was exhibited and law and enforcement team stopped that exhibition.
During the exhibition one young man (looks like a RAB soldier who has short hair and well build body as per guards and Shahidul Alam’s description) came to Drik and threatened Alam to kill him if he exhibit those photos.
At the press conference Alam told to the journalists that if someone threatened a citizen in front of the police in daylight that is really shameful for our system. And after this threat he is forced to ride in a Microbus instead of the bi-cycle.
Today Government lawyers confirmed this morning to the Vacation Bench of the High Court today that the police deployed in front of the DRIK Gallery had been withdrawn and that there would be no obstruction to the exhibition from now on.
My class teacher gave an assignment on environmental portraiture. He suggested us to pick a subject for the next 3month. I chose Global Warming and Impacts. Here is the first three photos of my project.
This is Akbar Ali who is a Rickshaw Puller from Kurigram. The water level of Brahmaputra River during rainy season is increasing harmonically every year. And destruction by the river is massive now a day. People are losing their lands and become poor. He is one of them.
Rahman, Rickshaw Puller, Kurigram. Victim. He used be a Boatman. Now the river is too big to carry people with a manual boat. Big boys implemented machine boat their for ferry. He lost his job.
Younus Ali, Rickshaw Puller, Kurigram. victim. River damaged his lands.
Yesterday (25March, 2010) more than hundred photographers, photojournalists & social activists participated in the Human Chain. It was not only a symbolic protest by the Bangladeshi photographers against the ban of a symbolic photo exhibition & installation on CROSSFIRE by Shahidul Alam. They also have showed their support against the oppression and raised their voice for “Freedom of Expression”. We are grateful to everyone who joined us. Thanks to all who couldn’t join but were present in spirit. It was a great honor to have senior photographer Nahar Ahmed with us. The Participants were: Pathshala Students/Teachers/Alumni Bangladesh Photography Society (BPS) Photojournalists North South University Photography Club (NSUPC) BUET Photography Society (BUETPS) Dhaka University Photography Society (DUPS) Through The Lens: Bangladesh (TTL) Bangladeshi Photographers (BP) Gana Shanghoti Andolon Bangla Online Community (Amnesty International).
As a symbol of protest we put red cloth on our cameras.
PRESS RELEASE (from Drik)
GALLERY SERVES LEGAL NOTICE ON GOVERNMENT DEMANDING JUSTICE Drik Picture Library has served a legal notice on the government demanding an end to a police blockade of a photography exhibition on Crossfire. Lawyers for Drik have written to the Bangladesh Government’s secretary for Home Affairs, the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the Rapid Action Battalion and Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner after police surrounded the gallery gates to prevent people from entering an exhibition on Crossfire by photojournalist and Drik managing director, Shahidul Alam. In the notice, Supreme Court lawyer Sara Hossain has called on the government to immediately remove the police force from the gallery and allow the exhibition to open. She added that if officials fail to confirm within 24 hours that they would lift the ban, legal action would be taken to secure Alam’s right to freedom of expression. Police barricaded the gallery shortly before the exhibition was due to open on Monday, 22 March. The action followed repeated phone calls to Gallery staff, including Alam, and a police presence, pressurizing them to stop the exhibition. After Alam continued with the opening, inaugurated by celebrated Indian writer and human rights activist Mahasweta Devi, on the streets in front of Drik’s premises, police continued to remain in place, preventing people from entering or leaving. Police officers have been stationed at the gates everyday since then, to stop people from entering the exhibition. Shah Alam, officer in charge of Dhanmondi Thana, first claimed the gallery did not have permission to hold the exhibition. After Shahidul Alam pointed out that the gallery had been holding exhibitions weekly since 1993 and never before required permission, the OC claimed the exhibition would have to be closed or it would ‘cause anarchy’.
We waited by the wayside counting moments till you appeared in the
You come as a soldier-boy winning life at death's gate,--
Oh, the wonder of it.
We listen amazed at the music of your young voice.
Your mantle is blown in the wind like the fragrance of the Spring.
The white spray of malati flowers in your hair shines like star-clusters.
A fire burns through the veil of your smile,--
Oh, the wonder of it.
And who knows where your arrows are hidden which smite death?