World: Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie

Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York

  Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck Friday by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in western New York. A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was undergoing surgery, but he had no other details. An AssociatedA bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was undergoing surgery, but he had no other details.

By Randi Love

FILE PHOTO: British author Salman Rushdie listens during an interview with Reuters in London © Reuters/Dylan Martinez FILE PHOTO: British author Salman Rushdie listens during an interview with Reuters in London

(Reuters) -Here are reactions to Friday's attack on novelist Salman Rushdie.

SUZANNE NOSSEL, CEO OF FREE EXPRESSION ORGANIZATION PEN AMERICA:

"We can think of no comparable incident of a public attack on a literary writer on American soil. Just hours before the attack, on Friday morning, Salman had emailed me to help with placements for Ukrainian writers in need of safe refuge from the grave perils they face. Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered. He has devoted tireless energy to assisting others who are vulnerable and menaced. While we do not know the origins or motives of this attack, all those around the world who have met words with violence or called for the same are culpable for legitimizing this assault on a writer while he was engaged in his essential work of connecting to readers. Our thoughts and passions now lie with our dauntless Salman, wishing him a full and speedy recovery."

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed onstage before lecture in New York, on ventilator; suspect is from Bergen County, N.J.

  Author Salman Rushdie stabbed onstage before lecture in New York, on ventilator; suspect is from Bergen County, N.J. Author Salman Rushdie was attacked and stabbed onstage Friday as he geared up to deliver a lecture in western New York. Rushdie, 75, was on a ventilator Friday night, his agent, Andrew Wylie said. He has a damaged liver, severed nerves in one arm and is likely to lose an eye, the agent said. Rushdie was flown to a hospital in Erie, Pa., where he underwent surgery.Dr. Martin Haskell, one of the people one the scene who rushed to help, described the prolific and controversial author’s wounds as “serious but recoverable.”At the scene, cops arrested 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, N.J.

NORWEGIAN PUBLISHER WILLIAM NYGAARD, WHO WAS SHOT AND SEVERELY WOUNDED IN 1993 AFTER PUBLISHING RUSHDIE'S WORK:

"Rushdie has paid a high price. He is a leading author who has 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 assault on freedom of thought and speech. These are the freedoms that underpin all our rights and liberties. Salman has been an inspirational defender of persecuted writers and journalists across the world. He is a fiery and generous spirit, a man of immense talent and courage and he will not be deterred."

PLAYWRIGHT BONNIE GREER:

"I don't know why this happened to Salman Rushdie or actually WHAT happened. But it brings back the memory of terrible days and years when-if you were a writer-you could be condemned to DEATH...for a book. For a book..."

Events following Iran's fatwa against author Salman Rushdie

  Events following Iran's fatwa against author Salman Rushdie Events following Iran's fatwa against author Salman RushdieFollowing are some key events that followed that death edict - or fatwa - issued by Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the publication of Rushdie's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses", which Khomeini deemed blasphemous to Islam.

WRITER AND DIRECTOR RAJA SEN:

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

PEN INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT BURHAN SONMEZ:


Video: Witnesses React To Salman Rushdie Attack: 'I Was Pretty Much Frozen' (Newsweek)

"PEN International utterly condemns the brutal attack on Salman Rushdie. Salman is an esteemed and celebrated author and beloved member of the PEN community, who has been facing threats for his work for years. No one should be targeted, let alone attacked, for peacefully expressing their views. We wish our dear friend a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family."

UK HOME 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 must not be tolerated. My thoughts are with Sir Salman and his family."

Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

  Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York. A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital and underwent surgery. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was on a ventilator Friday evening, with a damaged liver, severed nerves in his arm and an eye he was likely to lose. © Provided by Associated Press ADDS NAME OF DETAINED PERSON This still image from video shows Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, N.J.

UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON:

"Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend. Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay."

AUTHOR TASLIMA NASREEN, WHO FLED HER NATIVE BANGLADESH AFTER A COURT SAID SHE HAD HURT MUSLIMS' RELIGIOUS FEELING 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 has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried."

AUTHOR KHALED HOSSEINI:

"I'm utterly horrified by the cowardly attack on Salman Rushdie. I pray for his recovery. He is an essential voice and cannot be silenced."

U.S. SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER OF NEW YORK:

"This attack is shocking and appalling. It is an attack on freedom of speech and thought, which are two bedrock values of our country and of the Chautauqua Institution."

"I hope Mr. Rushdie quickly and fully recovers and the perpetrator experiences full accountability and justice."

Suspect Allegedly Involved in Salman Rushdie's Stabbing Charged with Attempted Murder and Assault

  Suspect Allegedly Involved in Salman Rushdie's Stabbing Charged with Attempted Murder and Assault Salman Rushdie was stabbed "at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen" on Friday, according to officialsThe 24-year-old man who allegedly attacked Salman Rushdie in upstate New York on Friday has been charged with attempted murder and assault — both in the second degree — according to multiple outlets.

AUTHOR AMITAV GHOSH:

"Horrified to learn that Salman Rushdie has been attacked at a speaking event in upstate New York. Wish him a speedy recovery."

NEW YORK GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL:

"Here is an individual who has spent decades speaking truth to power. Someone who's been out there unafraid, despite the threats that have followed him his entire adult life, it seems. And it happened at a site that is a place that's very familiar to me, a very tranquil, rural community known as Chautauqua, Chautauqua institution, where the most preeminent speakers and thought leaders and politicians and justices and everyone come together to have the free expression of thought. So this is a place ideal, ideally suited for him to be able to speak. ... Our thoughts are with Salman & his loved ones following this horrific event."

BRITISH CULTURE MINISTER NADINE DORRIES:

"Horrifying. An awful attack on a literary giant and one of the great defenders of freedom of expression. Thoughts with @SalmanRushdie and his loved ones."

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

Authors and friends rally and read for Salman Rushdie .
Friends and fellow authors speak out on Salman Rushdie's behalf during a rally on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library.Rushdie's condition has improved and, according to his literary agent, he has been removed from a ventilator.

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