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US slams ‘despicable’ Iranian media coverage of Salman Rushdie stabbing

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15.08.2022

The US State Department slammed the “despicable” incitement against Salman Rushdie by Iranian institutions and the media coverage of the famed author’s stabbing in upstate New York during a live event on Friday, accusing state-affiliated networks of having “gloated” about the attempt on his life.

In a statement late Sunday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said Rushdie was “in our thoughts in the aftermath of this heinous attack.”

“Specifically, Iranian state institutions have incited violence against Rushdie for generations, and state-affiliated media recently gloated about the attempt on his life. This is despicable,” said Blinken.

Just hours after Friday’s attack at a literary event in western New York state, the British author had undergone emergency surgery for potentially life-threatening injuries.

Two days later, Rushdie was on the road to recovery and showing signs of his “feisty and defiant” self, family and friends said Sunday, days after the shocking assault left him on a ventilator with multiple stab wounds.

“While law enforcement officials continue to investigate the attack, I am reminded of the pernicious forces that seek to undermine these rights, including through hate speech and incitement to violence,” Blinken said.

Rushdie’s condition, while still serious, has since shown clear signs of improvement and he no longer requires assisted breathing.

“He’s off the ventilator, so the road to recovery has begun,” his agent Andrew Wylie said in a statement Sunday. “It will be long; the injuries are severe, but his condition is headed in the right direction.”

Rushdie’s son said the family was “extremely relieved” that his father was breathing unaided and had been able to “say a few words.”

“Though his life-changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty and defiant sense of humor remains intact,” Zafar Rushdie said in a statement.

The prize-winning writer — who spent years under police protection after Iranian leaders called for Rushdie’s killing over his portrayal of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed in his novel “The Satanic Verses” — was about to be interviewed as part of a lecture series when a man........

© The Times of Israel


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