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11 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Joy criticises Shahidul’s supporters

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and PM’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy yesterday questioned the actions of photographer Shahidul Alam, who is currently on remand in a case filed under the ICT Act for spreading rumours during the recent student protests for safe roads.

He also criticised Shahidul’s supporters and described a possible scenario in his attempt to expose the apparent bias of, what he called, ‘so called "civil society" and the foreigners and journalists’ who are in support of Shahidul because he is ‘famous’.

Joy described the scenario in his status by saying, “As an accomplished and famous person in Bangladesh, during these past protests suppose I had made a series of sensational posts on Facebook claiming that our activists had been attacked and killed by youth outside a private university.”

“Then based on my posts our activists became enraged and attacked that university. Would I be guilty of inciting violence or am I protected by freedom of speech?” he asked.

“I have no doubt that our so called "civil society" and the foreigners and journalists chiming in on Shahidul Alam's behalf would have headlined that the Prime Minister's son incited violence,” Joy said.

“If Shahidul Alam is innocent only because he is accomplished and famous, then does that make me above the law as well since I am accomplished and famous too?” he asked.

 Shahidul did exactly what I gave as an example above, wrote Joy. Because of his (Shahidul’s) false posts and allegations students became enraged and attacked the police and our party office, he said.

“Many policemen and several of our activists were injured. One of them, Arafatul Islam Bappy even lost his eyesight and is now permanently crippled,” he wrote.

 “Does he not deserve justice?” Joy ended the status by asking.

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