You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

Lit fest cancels Rushdie video, fearing violence

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

JAIPUR, INDIA (AP) - An Indian literary festival canceled a video conference with author Salman Rushdie days after he called off a personal appearance due to protests and threats.

Festival organizers decided to cancel the video address to avoid violence by Muslim activists gathered at the Jaipur Literary Festival, an organizer, Sanjoy Roy, said.

"We have been pushed to the wall. ... Earlier today, a number of organisations came to us and threatened violence," Roy said.

Rushdie said he called off his trip after police told him of a possible assassination threat. He planned a video conference instead, but Roy said the organizers had been threatened with violence if they went ahead with the video link.

Rushdie's works include the Booker Prize-winning "Midnight's Children" and "The Satanic Verses," which some Muslims consider blasphemous.

Scores of protesters crowded the tent where hundreds of festival participants had gathered for the video conference.

The controversy over Rushdie's attendance cast its shadow over the five-day festival, which was attended by tens of thousands of people who came to this city to see Oprah Winfrey and literary stars, such as Michael Ondaatje, Tom Stoppard and Tiger Mom Amy Chua.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks