Police investigate threat to JK Rowling over Salman Rushdie tweet | JK Rowling


Police are investigating a threat against JK Rowling made after she posted her response to the attack on Salman Rushdie on social media.

Rowling tweeted on friday: “Terrible news. Feel very sick now. Let him be all right.”

A Twitter user by the name of Meer Asif Asiz replied, “Don’t worry, you’re next.”

Rowling shared screenshots of the threat and thanked everyone who sent messages of support. “Police are involved (already involved in other threats),” she wrote.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a report of an online threat and officers are investigating.”

The same Twitter account also posted messages praising the man who assaulted and stabbed Rushdie on stage in upstate New York.

The tweet to Rowling appeared to have been deleted Sunday morning.

In a statement, the bosses of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), the entertainment company behind the filming of Rowling’s Harry Potter series, said they “strongly condemn” the threats against the author.

“We stand behind her and all authors, storytellers and creators who boldly express their creativity and opinion. WBD believes in freedom of expression, peaceful discourse and supporting those who speak their mind in the public arena,” the statement said.

“Our thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family after the senseless act of violence in New York. The Company strongly condemns any form of threat, violence or intimidation where opinions, beliefs and thoughts may differ.”

Rowling also called for action on Twitter. She Posted: “@TwitterSupport any chance of any support?”

Twitter’s response, rowling said:was: “After reviewing the available information, we have determined that there were no violations of Twitter rules in the content you reported. We appreciate your assistance and encourage you to contact us again in the future. if you see possible violations.”

Rowling responded by asking: “These are your guidelines, aren’t they? Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence… Terrorism/Violent Extremism: You must not threaten or promote terrorism…’”

Twitter has been contacted for comment.

Rowling is one of a number of writers who have expressed concerns for Rushdie, including: Neil Gaiman, Stephen Kingand William Dalrymple, who described the attack as “a terrible day for literature, for freedom of speech and for authors everywhere.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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