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Salman Rushdie Was Attacked On Stage In New York During A Lecture

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Salman Rushdie Was Attacked On Stage In New York During A Lecture

(CTN News) –  Salman Rushdie, who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday morning in New York by a man who rushed to the stage where he was to speak.

 New York State Police said. Rushdie was transported to a local hospital by helicopter with an apparent stab wound to the neck, police said.

A 75-year-old world-renowned author was attending a lecture series at Chautauqua Institution when the incident occurred.

At approximately 11 a.m. ET, a male suspect charged the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer ET

The suspect was immediately taken into custody and Rushdie was transported to a local hospital. Rushdie’s condition at this time is unknown, a police statement said.

The police said the interviewer, who was not named in the release, sustained a minor head injury.

Chautauqua Institution Tweet

But a tweet from the Chautauqua Institution indicated that the other victim is Henry Reese, co-founder of the City of Asylum, a residency program for writers in exile.

“We ask for your prayers for Salman Rushdie and Henry Reese, and patience as we fully focus on coordinating with police officials following a tragic incident at the Amphitheater today,” the institution said.

Rushdie was visiting the institution to discuss with Reese how the United States serves as an asylum for writers in exile, according to the Chautauqua Institution’s event page.

Rushdie has written 14 novels

Beyond his work as a writer, Rushdie has long championed the importance of freedom of expression.

He served as the president of PEN America between 2004 and 2006 and then as chairman of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival for 10 years.

PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel Statement

PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement that the organization was shocked to learn about the attack. Rushdie had emailed her just hours before the attack to help place writers from Ukraine seeking asylum.

“Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered,” Nossel said. “He has devoted tireless energy to assisting others who are vulnerable and menaced.”

 

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