Reactions to the attack on Salman Rushdie


BarcelonaBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his horror at the attack suffered this Friday by the British writer Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua, New York State. “Shocked after Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending. My thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he is well.” The British Minister of Culture, Nadine Gorrier, has also reacted to the attack: “Horrible. A terrible attack on a literary giant and one of the great defenders of freedom of expression.”

Rushdie has received death threats since the publication of the novel The Satanic Verses, which was widely criticized in the Islamic world and led Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa in 1989 calling for the writer’s death. The British Muslim Council, however, has taken a clear stand and condemned the attack on Rushdie. “This violence is wrong and its perpetrator must be brought to justice,” the organization said in a tweet.

The shock of the attack on the writer has also been felt in India, his native country. “The assault on Salman Rushdie in New York is a cowardly act. This is the result of hate campaigns systematically carried out by bigots and radicalizing ordinary people,” Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of the Indian pacifist leader, wrote on Twitter. Mahatma Gandhi Indian writer Amitav Ghosh said he was “horrified” to learn that Rushdie had suffered an attack. And the Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, who had to flee her country because a court determined that her novel Lajja would hurt Muslim feelings, he said he was “in shock”: “I never imagined this could happen. Rushdie lived in the West and has been under protection since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who criticizes Islam can be attacked. I’m worried.”

The literary world, horrified

“There is no precedent for a comparable attack on a writer on American soil,” said the director of American PEN, Suzanne Nossel. “A few hours before the attack, Salman sent me an email with the location of Ukrainian authors who need refuge. Salman Rushdie has been targeted for decades for his words, but he has never wavered. He devoted a lot of energy to helping other people who are vulnerable and under threat. Although we do not know the origins and motives of this attack, all those who have called for violence are guilty of legitimizing this attack on a writer,” he said Nossel

Other reactions from the literary world have come from writers such as JK Rowling. “Horrible news,” said the Harry Potter author, who added that she was “very worried” and hoped Rushdie was OK. Neil Gaiman, creator of the comic Sandman, also said he is “shocked and concerned” by the attack on his friend. “He is a good, bright man, and I hope he is well.” More succinctly, horror master Stephen King merely tweeted: “I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.”


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