Iran has withdrawn from the Frankfurt Book Fair after Salman Rushdie was announced as the event’s guest speaker.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.
Speaking at the opening gala of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have promised to foster cultural exchange and European unity. The leaders appealed to tolerance and diversity.
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.
"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.
A ruling by Iran's top religious leader banning women from cycling has led to angry social media users posting pictures of themselves riding their bikes in protest of the fatwa.
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