Salman Rushdie Cancels Appearance at Jaipur Literary Festival Due to Assassination Threat

Posted on January 21, 2012

Salman Rushdie canceled his trip to India due to an assassination threat. Indian author Amitava Kumar is just one of many authors who are very angry about the ban on Rushdie's book, The Satantic Verses, and the fact that Rushdie cannot travel safely to India. Authors have been reading from Rushdie's work in protest. William Darlymple, the organizer of the Jaipur Literary Festival, says that Rushdie should be a national hero, not an author whose work is banned because it is critical of Islam. It has been 24 years since a fatwa was issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini ordering the death of Rushdie. CNN's Sara Sidner reports:

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