World reacts to Salman Rushdie stabbing

Amid Western condemnation, conservative Iranian outlets called the author “Satan” and an “apostate”

Officials and western authors strongly condemn the stabbing of Salman Rushdie (Indian-born British-American writer) in New York on Friday. Iranian media and officials, however, reacted by recalling the reasons that prompted the Islamic Republic’s former leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, to issue a religious edict calling for the writer’s death back in 1989.

Emmanuel is the French President blasted the author’s stabbing as a “cowardly attack by the forces of hatred and barbarism,”Adding that “fight against obscurantism”Rushdie got engaged to is “universal.”

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saidHe was “appalled” by the incident, adding that the author of ‘Satanic Verses’ was “exercising a right we should never cease to defend.”Jake Sullivan is the White House’s national security adviser. calledRushdie was attacked “appalling”While expressing gratitude to the first responders “helping him so swiftly.”

A number of well-known writers offered support to the 75-year old, still in critical condition after the attack. JK Rowling is the Harry Potter author. calledNews about the attack “horrifying,”Stephen King expressedHe hopes that Rushdie succeeds. “ok”While blastingHis assailant was harshly reprimanded. 

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Police officers outside the house of Salman Rushdie attack suspect Hadi Matar in Fairview, New Jersey, US, August 13, 2022. © Islam Dogru / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
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Ian McEwan won the Booker Prize for his book, “The Attack.” “an assault on freedom of thought and speech.”Arundhati Ray, another Booker prize winner, claimed Rushdie’s attack was also a success. “really destabilizing for a lot of us.”Suzanne Nossel is the leader of PEN America. This organization defends the freedom of expression of writers. She also denounced what she termed the “inhumane” treatment of the writer. “brutal premediated”Rushdie attacked We hope and believe that the voice of his essence will never be silenced.She added.

The Iranian media have also been closely following the events surrounding the attack. Some more conservative outlets wrote positively about the incident. The Asr Iran outlet cited Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei as saying that the “arrow”Shot by his predecessor “will one day hit the target.” The news outlet detailed the circumstances of the death sentence issued in Iran against Rushdie in a lengthy piece that portrayed the publication of the novelist’s book, ‘The Satanic Verses’, as part of the Western campaign against Islam and Iran in particular. 

The newspaper Kayhan published a piece in which it described Rushdie’s attacker as a brave person while branding the author himself “an apostate.”A story entitled: was published by the Khorasan newspaper in Iran. “Satan on the way to hell.”

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Law enforcement officers detain Hadi Matar after the stabbing of Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution, New York, August 12, 2022 © AP / Charles Fox
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Iran’s major news agencies, meanwhile, have taken a somewhat more subdued tone in describing the incident. The IRNA news agency published a recap of a 2008 piece in which the publication of ‘The Satanic Verses’ was described as part of the Western “cultural invasion”Iran is being targeted and attempts to undermine the supposed growing appeal of Islam throughout the world. “awakening”Muslims 

Mehr News Agency issued a piece explaining Khomeini’s decision to call for Rushdie’s execution, saying that “the profound understanding and foresight of [Ayatollah Khomeini] has been clearly proven”The order was still in effect for decades. 

Mohammad Marandi was an adviser to the Iranian delegation in Vienna. He said that the attacks occurred as soon as possible after the Vienna talks. “we [were] near a potential nuclear deal.”He was also called Rushdie a “pawn of the empire” and said he would not be “shedding tears” for an author who he says “spouts endless hatred and contempt for Muslims and Islam.”

Salman Rushdie (a novelist who won an award) was brutally attacked during a New York event. For his writing, he has received numerous threats of death from Islamists. The novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ is particularly seen as offensive by many Muslims. His agent said that the attacker was taken to a hospital and left unable speak after his attack.



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