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Iran says Salman Rushdie and supporters to blame for his attack

Posted on AllSides August 15th, 2022
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Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Guardian

Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed repeatedly at a public appearance in New York state, and his supporters are to blame for the attack, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson has said.

Freedom of speech did not justify Rushdie’s insults upon religion in his writing, Nasser Kanaani said in a press briefing on Monday.

Iran had no other information about Rushdie’s alleged assailant except what had appeared in media, he added.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, said Iran’s stance was “ludicrous”.

“Clearly it’s ludicrous to suggest that Salman Rushdie was in...

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