Three days ago, our dear colleague and friend – a tremendous photographer, activist, and educator – Shahidul Alam, was forcibly detained by Bangladeshi authorities from his home after expressing his support for the student protests in Dhaka. Shahidul’s deeply poignant photo series, ‘Crossfire’, was part of the first edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012.

Kochi Biennale Foundation abhors this kind of state-sanctioned violence, especially with regard to freedom of expression. We urge all supporters of the arts and free expression to sign and spread the petition below, demanding his immediate, unconditional, and honourable release from detention. We stand with Shahidul Alam.

#freeshahidulalam

More Information: https://bit.ly/2nl08fP

Online Petition: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/967/393/356/allow-journalists-to-do-their-job/