The violent attack on Salman Rushdie – podcast

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The Guardian

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

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