On Friday, the author Salman Rushdie was stabbed 10 times at an event in New York state. The attack comes 33 years after Iran accused him of blasphemy, and issued a fatwa against him following the publication of his book The Satanic Verses.
Rushdie, a British-American citizen born in India, has life changing injuries and is recovering in hospital.
His alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, who was arrested at the scene, has been charged with second-degree attempted murder. Iran has denied any role in the attack.
Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik tells Nosheen Iqbal about the importance of Rushdie’s work and why he has become a symbol of the publishing industry’s anxieties about free speech.
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August 17, 2022 at 07:48AM Presented by Nosheen Iqbal with Nesrine Malik; produced by Lucy Hough, Hareem Khan and Rudi Zygadlo; executive producers Elizabeth Cassin Nicole Jackson and Joshua Kelly