Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie

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

SUZANNE NOSSEL, CEO OF FREE EXPRESSION ORGANIZATION PEN AMERICA:

“We cannot think of a comparable incident of a public attack on a literary writer on American soil. A few hours before the attack, on Friday morning, Salman had sent me an email to help with placements for Ukrainian writers who needed a safe haven. for the grave dangers they face. Salman Rushdie has been the target of his words for decades, but he never flinched or hesitated. He has devoted tireless energy to helping others who are vulnerable and threatened. Although we can trace the origins or do not know motives of this attack, all the people around them have the world that has met words with violence or demanded the same, is guilty of legitimizing this attack on a writer while he was doing his essential work of making contact with readers. Our thoughts and passions now lie with our intrepid Salman, wishing him a full and speedy recovery.”

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NORWEGIAN PUBLISHER WILLIAM NYGAARD, WHO WAS STUNNING AND SERIOUSLY INJURED IN 1993 AFTER PUBLISHING RUSHDIE’S WORK:

“Rushdie has paid a heavy price. He is a prominent author who has done so much for literature and he had found a good life in the United States.”

NOVELIST IAN MCEWAN:

“This horrific attack on my dear friend Salman is an attack on freedom of thought and expression. These are the freedoms that underlie all our rights and freedoms. Salman is an inspiring defender of persecuted writers and journalists around the world. He is a fiery and generous spirit, a man of immense talent and courage and he will not be deterred.”

AUTHOR BONNIE GREER:

“I don’t know why this happened to Salman Rushdie or really 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 . a book…”

WRITER AND DIRECTOR RAJA SEN:

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

PEN INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT BURHAN SONMEZ:

“PEN International strongly condemns the brutal attack on Salman Rushdie. Salman is a valued and celebrated author and beloved member of the PEN community who has been threatened for his work for years. No one should be attacked, let alone attacked, for peacefully express their views. We wish our dear friend a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family.”

UK HOUSE SECRETARY PRITI PATEL:

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

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

British Prime Minister BORIS JOHNSON:

“I am shocked that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right that we should never cease to defend. At the moment my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he is okay.”

AUTHOR TASLIMA NASREEN, WHO FLOORED HER IN BANGLADESH AFTER A COURT SAYS SHE HAD HURT 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 it would happen. He lives in the West and has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who criticizes can Islam can be attacked. I’m concerned.”

AUTHOR KHALED HOSSEINI:

“I am utterly shocked by the cowardly attack on Salman Rushdie. I pray for his recovery. He is an essential voice and cannot be silenced.”

AMERICAN SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER FROM NEW YORK:

“This attack is shocking and horrific. It is an attack on freedom of expression and thought, two fundamental values ​​of our country and of the Chautauqua Institute.”

“I hope Mr Rushdie makes a speedy and full recovery and that the perpetrator experiences full responsibility and justice.”

AUTHOR AMITAV GHOSH:

“Shocked to learn that Salman Rushdie was assaulted while speaking in New York State. Wish him a speedy recovery.”

NEW YORK GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL:

“Here is a person who has been speaking the truth to power for decades. Someone who has been fearless out there, despite the threats that have followed him all his adult life, it seems. And it happened in a place very well known to me, a very quiet, rural community known as Chautauqua, Chautauqua institution, where the most prominent speakers and opinion leaders and politicians and judges and everyone come together to have the free speech So this is an ideal place ideally suited for him to to speak. … Our thoughts are with Salman and his loved ones after this horrific event.”

UK CULTURE MINISTER NADINE DORRIES:

“Terrible. A horrific attack on a literary giant and one of the great defenders of free speech. Thoughts with @SalmanRushdie and his loved ones.”

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

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