Rushdie is the author of The Satanic Verses, a novel that captures the threat of death in the 1980s.
Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist whose book The Satanic Verses drew death threats from Iran in the 1980s, is being attacked on Friday morning on stage just before he was due to speak at a literary festival in Chautauqua, in the state of New York.
Rushdie was taken to the hospital and details of his condition are still unknown.
Here is the response to the attack.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul:
“Our thoughts are with Salman and his loved ones following this horrific event.”
New York United States Senator Chuck Schumer
“This attack is shocking and terrifying. It is an attack on freedom of speech and thought, two fundamental values of our country and of the Chautauqua Institute. “
Chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists Jodie Ginsberg
“Shocking news. Salman Rushdie has always been a staunch defender of everyone’s right to freedom of expression. My thoughts are with his loved ones.”
British author JK Rowling
“I feel very sick right now. Let him be okay.”
American author Stephen King
“I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.”
I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.
– Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 12, 2022
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
“Horrible that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending. Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he’s okay.”
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel
“Shocked and appalled to hear of the gratuitous and senseless attack on Sir Salman Rushdie. Freedom of expression is a value we hold dear and attempts to undermine it are not tolerated. My thoughts are with Sir Salman and his family.”
Terrible news. https://t.co/i5poClOImW
– JK Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2022
Suzanne Nossel Executive Director of Free Expression Foundation Pen America
“We cannot think of an overt attack against a writer on American soil… Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never faltered or faltered. He has devoted his tireless energy to supporting the vulnerable and threatened. While we don’t know the source or motive of this attack, anyone around the world who has experienced similar violence or calls can be seen as legitimizing the attack. This is aimed at a writer while he is engaged in his essential job of connecting with readers. “
Norwegian publisher William Nygaard, who was shot and wounded in 1993 after publishing Rushdie .’s work
“Rushdie paid a heavy price. He is a leading author of great significance to literature, and he has found a good life in the United States. “
UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries:
“Aghast. A terrible attack on a literary giant and one of the great defenders of free speech. Thoughts with @SalmanRushdie and his loved ones. “