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Published on Oct 26, 2016
Kunda Dixit and Shahidul Alam discussing journalism, censorship and visual literacy in South Asia.
KUNDA DIXIT Editor Nepal
Kunda Dixit is co-publisher at Himalmedia and Editor of Nepali Times in Kathmandu. He graduated from Columbia University in New York and worked for the BBC before joining Inter Press Service as Asia-Pacific Editor. He also helped set up Panos South Asia. He is visiting faculty at Kathmandu University and is the author of Dateline Earth and the trilogy of photo books on the Nepal conflict, A People War.
SHAHIDUL ALAM Writer, Curator, Photographer, Activist Bangladesh
Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi photographer, writer and activist with a special interest in education, new media and ICT. He is a former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society and set up the award winning Drik Picture Library. He also set up the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography and the DrikNews photo agency. He is also the director of Chobi Mela and has shown his work in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. He has chaired the World Press Photo international jury. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a board member of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Foundation. He is currently visiting professor of photography at the University of Sunderland. In 2007, he lectured at Harvard, UCLA and Stanford universities in the USA, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and Universidade Eduaro Monldane in Mozambique and was one of the Masters in the Joop Swart Masterclass organised by World Press Photo. His published books include “Nature’s Fury” and “Portraits of Commitment”. In 2010, he presented my ongoing work on extrajudicial killings at the Tate Modern.