Rushdie condemns “censorship by fear”
Salman Rushdie, whose recent books are published by Random House, has criticised his publisher for shelving Sherry Jones’ 7th century burka-ripper The Jewel of Medina.
I am very disappointed to hear that my publishers, Random House, have canceled another author’s novel, apparently because of their concerns about possible Islamic reprisals. This is censorship by fear, and it sets a very bad precedent indeed.
Especially since RH abandoned the project without a single threat having been made. They caved because there was a threat of threats.
This book needs to be published. We need to have this fight.