leader of WGA East and West have issued a statement condemning stab of Salman Rushdie When he was due to speak at a literary event in New York last week celebrating America as a safe haven for writers in exile. Rushdie, whose 1988 book The Satanic Verses Climbing the best-sellers charts after the attack, is in critical condition but hope to surviveAlthough he may lose an eye.
“The Writers Guild of America strongly condemns Friday’s gruesome attack on author and fellow Writers Guild East member Salman Rushdie,” the Guild said in a joint statement. “Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of democracy and one of the founding principles of our union. The right to express oneself freely and without fear of violence is inalienable and absolute. An attack on one writer is an attack on all writers.
“Salman Rushdie is a leading advocate in the ongoing fight for free expression for writers and artists around the world. As he once said, ‘What a writer can create in the solitude of a room, no power can easily destroy it.’ We applaud him for his unwavering courage over the years and wish him a speedy and full recovery in the days to come. ,
The statement was signed “in solidarity” by all elected leaders of both guilds.
In 1989, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa ordering the assassination of Rushdie. Iran, however, denied involvement in the attack,