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Iranian religious organization offers 4 million reward for killing Rushdie, author of ‘Satan’s Hymn’

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on the 12thnew York Statespeech killingUKWriter Rushdie, who has been facing death threats for 33 years,IranThe religious organization also offered a reward of more than 3 million yuan for implementing the killing order issued to the world by the Iranian leader in 1989.


Rushdie was born in Mumbai to a Muslim family and moved to the UK during high school. He gave up the faith and began to openly question it, causing an uproar in 1988 with the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses. Muslim-majority countries view the book as blasphemy and an insult to the Prophet Muhammad. More than a dozen countries around the world have burned the book and banned its distribution.

Iran banned the book to be published that year; On 14 February the following year, the then Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a search for Muslims around the world. Rushdie has since been absconding and is hiding everywhere. Although Khamenei died in the same year that he issued the order, Iran’s current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, never actually retracted the order, stating only that he “neither supported Rushdie’s assassination”. does not and does not hinder.”

Iran offered a reward of 2.7 million yuan to anyone who ordered the killing for the first time; In 2012, an Iranian religious organization increased the reward to 3.3 million yuan; In 2016, the reward continued to grow to about 4 million yuan; That year, there were 40 in the Muslim world; the news media announced a fundraising of 600,000 yuan to show the firmness of the assassination order. Many countries who published or translated “The Psalm of the Devil” were murdered.

Rushdie made a public appearance in September 2001 after nine years of hiding and told French media, “I don’t want to go into hiding”. “I was 41 (when the book was published), and now I am 71. Everything is fine now,” he said.

Rushdie also said at the time, “We live in a world where subjects are changing very rapidly, and this is a very old subject, and there are so many other things to be afraid of, and to kill other people. “

Rushdie has been a vocal supporter of artistic freedom since its reappearance. In 2015, when 12 people were killed by suspected Muslim extremists in Paris, eight were journalists for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Rushdie said in a statement: “I stand with Charlie Hebdo, we all stand. The art of satire, Which has always been the force of liberty and must be defended against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. Like all other ideas, religion also deserves criticism, irony and, moreover, the humiliation we fearlessly deserve.”

Author Rushdie was hunted by Iran for publishing “The Devil’s Szam” in 1989. This is a file photo of him while signing a book in London in 2017. (The Associated Press)



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