Freedom of Speech?

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Sir Salman Rushdie is fighting for his life laying in a hospital after being stabbed several times while lecturing in New York.

Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses was attacked at a lecture in western New York. Ahmed Salman Rushdie CH FRSL is an Indian-born British-American novelist. His work often combines magical realism with historical fiction and primarily deals with connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations, set on the Indian subcontinent.

Rushdie is on a ventilator, with a damaged liver, severed nerves in his arm and an eye he was likely to lose. He was stabbed by a man who rushed to the stage where he was to lecture in New York.

Praise, worry in Iran after Rushdie attack; government quiet…

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Novelist Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in western New York. The suspect was identified by police as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey

In light of the Salman Rushdie news, it's worth noting that Twitter has allowed an account associated with the Ayatollah to remain on its platform after tweeting death threats against the author.

Twitter Just Removed A Tweet From An Account Linked To Iran’s Supreme Leader, Raising Enforcement Questions

The social media platform has previously used a newsworthiness standard to defend its refusal to apply abuse and harassment rules…

Iran's hardline newspapers praise Salman Rushdie's attacker…

Iran state media hails Salman Rushdie's attacker as a 'courageous and duty-conscious man' 

Iran state media hails Salman Rushdie's attacker as a courageous and duty-conscious man' whose hands should be kissed for 'tearing the neck of the enemy of God with a knife

  • Iranian state media praised Salman Rushdie's attacker as a 'courageous and duty-conscious man'
  • Regime-owned papers branded the British author as an 'apostate' and heretic-writer 
  • Tehran issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie's murder after the publication of The Satanic Verses
  • The edict forced the writer into hiding for a decade and fuelled worldwide riots and book-burnings…


Salman Rushdie’s attack is on everyone who believes Islam deserves special treatment

While the UK has stood by Rushdie all these years, we have seemingly given up on the free speech ideals that the author has stood for…

#SalmanRushdie ‘attacker’ Hadi Matar charged with attempted murder after the author was stabbed 15 times and could lose eye

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