Asserting that Salman Rushdie has consistently stood for universal rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of the press, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said on Sunday that Iranian state institutions have perpetrated violence against the Indian-origin author for generations. There has been incitement and state media recently reported about an attempt on his life.
Salman Rushdie, 75, was stabbed to death by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident at a literary event in New York on Friday in what US officials described as a “targeted, pre-planned” attack. His son and ex-wife Padma Lakshmi on Sunday said he is “pulling in” and maintains a “strong and defiant” sense of humour, despite suffering serious, life-changing injuries.
“We are among those nationwide and around the world who are keeping Salman Rushdie on their minds after this heinous attack,” Blinken said in a statement.
“More than a literary figure, Rushdie has consistently stood for universal rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, and freedom of the press. While law enforcement officers continue to investigate the attack, I am reminded of the harmful forces that attempts to undermine these rights, including hate speech and incitement to violence.
“In particular, Iranian state institutions have incited violence against Rushdie for generations, and state-affiliated media recently reported an attempt on his life. It’s disgusting,” he said.
The United States and its allies will not waver in their determination to confront these threats, using every appropriate tool at their disposal. Blinken said that the strength of Rushdie and all those around the world who have faced such threats strengthen the resolve and underscore the imperative to unite as an international community against those who are facing these threats. challenge universal rights.