Iran has withdrawn from the Frankfurt Book Fair after Salman Rushdie was announced as the event’s guest speaker. The writer’s life has been in danger since a fatwa was issued against him following the publication of ‘The Satanic Verses’ in 1989.
For decades, Rushdie dealt with death threats for his book "The Satanic Verses," yet it hasn't stopped him from speaking his mind. On June 19, the brave author turns 70.
Iran's culture ministry announced Iranian representatives would not attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, citing writer Salman Rushdie's role there as the reason. Iran called on other Islamic countries to follow suit.
"Literature has always managed to overcome dictators," wrote jailed Turkish author Asli Erdogan. Her words marked the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair, which focuses not just on publishing deals, but also human rights.
The world-famous novelist has called freedom of speech a fundamental right in his keynote address at the annual literary festival. His words come after Iran boycotted the event because of his presence.
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