Democracy continues to be worth fighting for: Shahidul Alam

Democracy continues to be worth fighting for: Shahidul Alam

Dhaka, Nov 21 (Just News): A message from recently freed noted photographer Shahidul Alam has been shared on a facebook page titled ‘Free Shahidul’ where he shared his jail-time experience and thanked everyone who stood by him during his time of hardship.

“A just and peaceful world remains attainable. Democracy continues to be worth fighting for. Together, we are a formidable force and we shall certainly overcome,” Shahidul Alam said in the post shared after 4pm on Wednesday.

Speaking about his prison time experience, Alam said, “Never thought Dhaka traffic, winter smog, and the incessant honking of horns could be so attractive. Never realised how powerful the combination of a brilliant and tenacious legal team and a wonderful group of passionate, obstinate, creative, and freedom-loving people all over Bangladesh and across the globe could be. Never appreciated the meaning of the word ‘Freedom’ to such an extent.”

“I am out, but I remember the friends who are still in Keraniganj Jail and the stories they shared. I miss the sparrows that befriended me, but find myself wrapped in your warmth,” added Shahidul.

Sharing his experience during the time in Keraniganj jail, Alam wrote, “It was in Keraniganj that they told me, “It is only in jail that you find out who your real friends are.” For all of you who stood by me through these difficult 107 days, a salute of solidarity and a huge hug of friendship.”

Shahidul Alam was released from Keraniganj Central Jail on Tuesday five days after the High Court granted bail to Alam in the case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act for spreading ‘propaganda’ through his Facebook account during the safer road protest.