Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie

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Aug 12 (Reuters) – Here are the reactions to Friday’s attack on novelist Salman Rushdie. Read more

SUZANNE NOSSEL, CEO OF FREE EXPRESSION ORGANIZATION PEN AMERICA:

“We cannot think of any comparable incident of a public attack on a literary writer on American soil. Hours before the attack on Friday morning, Salman had emailed me to help place Ukrainian writers who had need a safe haven from the grave perils they face. Salman Rushdie has been the butt of his words for decades, but he has never flinched or wavered. He has devoted tireless energy to helping the vulnerable and While we don’t know the origins or motives of this attack, everyone around the world who has encountered violent words or called for the same is guilty of legitimizing this assault on a writer so that he was engaged in his essential work of connecting with readers. Our thoughts and passions now go out to our intrepid Salman, wishing him a full and speedy recovery.”

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NORWEGIAN PUBLISHER WILLIAM NYGAARD, WHO WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED BY BULLET IN 1993 AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF RUSHDIE’S BOOK:

“Rushdie paid a high price. He was a leading author who meant so much to literature, and he had found a good life in the United States.”

NOVELIST IAN MCEWAN:

“This appalling attack on my dear friend Salman represents an attack on freedom of thought and expression. These are the freedoms that underpin all our rights and freedoms. Salman has been an inspiring defender of persecuted writers and journalists across the world. He is fiery and generous in spirit, a man of immense talent and courage and he will not be discouraged.”

Playwright BONNIE GREER:

“I don’t know why this happened to Salman Rushdie or in fact WHAT happened. But it brings back memories of terrible days and years when if you were a writer you could be sentenced to DEATH… for a book. For a book…”

WRITER AND DIRECTOR RAJA SEN:

“Come on, Salman Rushdie. We need you more than ever.”

BURHAN SONMEZ, PRESIDENT OF PEN INTERNATIONAL:

“PEN International totally condemns the brutal attack on Salman Rushdie. Salman is an esteemed and celebrated author and a beloved member of the PEN community, who has faced threats for his work for years. No one should be targeted, let alone attacked, for peacefully expressing their opinions. We wish our dear friend a speedy recovery. Our hearts go out to him and his family.

PRITI PATEL, UK HOME SECRETARY:

“Shocked and appalled to learn of the unprovoked and senseless attack on Sir Salman Rushdie. Freedom of expression is a value we hold dear and attempts to undermine it must not be tolerated. My thoughts are with Sir Salman and his family.”

British author Salman Rushdie listens during an interview with Reuters in London April 15, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON:

“Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right that we should never stop defending. At this time my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he is well.”

AUTHOR TASLIMA NASREEN, WHO FLED FROM HER NATIVE BANGLADESH AFTER A COURT RULED SHE HURTED MUSLIMS’ RELIGIOUS FEELINGS WITH HER NOVEL ‘LAJJA’ (“SHAME”):

“I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought this would happen. He lives in the West and has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.

AUTHOR KHALED HOSSEINI:

“I am completely horrified by the cowardly attack on Salman Rushdie. I pray for his recovery. He is a vital voice and cannot be silenced.”

US SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER OF NEW YORK:

“This attack is shocking and appalling. It is an attack on freedom of expression and thought, which are two core values ​​of our country and the Chautauqua institution.”

‘I hope Mr Rushdie makes a speedy and full recovery and that the perpetrator receives full accountability and justice.’

AUTHOR AMITAV GHOSH:

“Horrified to hear that Salman Rushdie was attacked at a conference in upstate New York. Wishing him a speedy recovery.”

GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK KATHY HOCHUL:

“Here is an individual who has spent decades speaking truth to power. Someone who has been unafraid, despite the threats that have followed him his entire adult life, it seems. And c arrived at a site that is a very familiar place to me, a very quiet rural community known as Chautauqua, Institution of Chautauqua, where the most prominent speakers and opinion leaders, politicians and judges and everyone is coming together to have the free expression of thought. So this is an ideal place, perfectly suited for him to be able to speak. … Our hearts go out to Salman and his loved ones following this horrific event.”

NADINE DORRIES, UK CULTURE MINISTER:

“Horrifying. A terrible attack on a literary giant and one of the great defenders of free speech. Thoughts with @SalmanRushdie and those close to him.”

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Reporting by Randi Love; Editing by Donna Bryson, Howard Goller and Daniel Wallis

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