Unremitting questions and demands have sparkled up again about the release of the Bangladeshi Journalist, Shafiqul Islam Kajol. Musicians, artists, and teachers have jointly expressed their solidarity and became the forefront of an online movement. Anika khan reports.
Till> 27 July
Shafiqul Islam Kajol was a photojournalist who was imprisoned on May 3 for breaching laws under the Digital Security Act. Although the case’s prime accused got bailed Kajol is still held in prison. His son Polok organized an online movement demanding the cancellation of the act and the release of his father. Renowned Bangladeshi Artists, musicians, and professors joined the cause.
The online movement, “Kajoler Mukti Ebong Mukto Chinta” went live from July 19 and has been going on for a week. The artists have raised their concerns about the lack of “freedom of expression” in Bangladesh. They have criticized the officials for being too strict in imposing laws when it comes to breaching Digital Security acts. Innocent people are often being arresting and the laws are being misused to scare the masses. This they believe is to stop people from speaking out about the injustices that have been going on for so long.
Sina Hasan, vocalist of ‘Bangla Five’, Rashed Sharif, guitarist of ‘meghdol’, Raju vocalist of ‘Madol’, F Minor, ‘Joler Gaan’, among others performed at the online event. Professors from both Private and Public universities were present in the event. Journalist Golam Murtaza and many more took up for discussions expressing their demands to the government officials.
Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/753184845417135/