Rushdie says ‘wrong lessons’ learned from his Iran fatwa ordeal

Writer Salman Rushdie, pictured on October 5, 2014, told L'Express, "Instead of concluding we need to oppose these attacks on freedom of expression, we believed we should calm them through compromises and ceding"More than a quarter century after being slapped with a fatwa from Iran calling for his murder over his book "The Satanic Verses", Salman Rushdie says the world has learned the "wrong lessons" about freedom of expression. Instead, after the September 11, 2001 attack on America and the massacre in Paris in January this year of cartoonists and staff at the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, and with the ongoing rampage of the brutal Islamic State group in the Middle East, Rushdie said some writers and other people were too cowed to talk freely about Islam. The "politically correct" positions voiced by some — including a few prominent authors who disagreed with Charlie Hebdo receiving a freedom of speech award at a PEN literary gala in New York in May — were motivated by fear, Rushdie said.


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