Activists call on public to read a Rushdie book to support free speech

Salman Rushdie: Event moderator speaks after attack

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Hundreds of writers read excerpts at New York’s Public Library, while organiser Amanda Foreman read an excerpt from The Satanic Verses on Radio 4 yesterday.

Sir Salman, the author of 12 novels, was knifed more than 10 times on stage a week ago, over the content of his book The Satanic Verses.

Ms Foreman said: “It’s a show of love…He does know about it [the New York event]. This is a way of not only showing support for freedom of expression but also for the man himself…

“The humanity of the man himself, a real person, was attacked.” She urged supporters to use the online hashtag #StandWithSalman.

Writers gathering in New York included Paul Auster, Tina Brown, AM Holmes, Kiran Desai, Siri Hustvedt, Hari Kunzru and Gay Talese.

The event was inspired by a public reading of The Satanic Verses days after a fatwa against Sir Salman was issued in 1989 by Iran’s ex-leader.

Yesterday, it emerged Sir Salman’s alleged attacker Hadi Matar, 24, had only read two pages of The Satanic Verses.

He pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the August 12 stabbing.

The Indian-born British author, 75, who is still in hospital, sustained “severe” injuries, his agent has said.

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