Muslim groups stifled free speech: RushdieJanuary 24th, 2012 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Calling the scrapping of his video conferencing at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) as “awful”, writer Salman Rushdie Tuesday said a threat of violence by Muslim groups stifled free speech.
“Videolink cancellation: awful. JLF Threat of violence by Muslim groups stifled free speech today. In a true democracy all get to speak, not just the ones making threats,” Rushdie wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
His comment came after his address, through video conferencing, at the Jaipur Literature Festival was called off following protests by some Muslim groups.
Rushdie, author of the “The Satanic Verses” - which is banned in India, had called off his visit to the festival over security fears. The organisers had then said he would address the event by a video link. But in the end, even this had to be cancelled.
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