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Rushdie: Left-wing cancel culture is a threat to freedom of speech

Salman Rushdie hits back at Left-wing cancel culture.

In an interview with Times Radio, Salman Rushdie has warned that Left-wing cancel culture is a threat to freedom of speech and literature…

Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie has hit out at the notion that authors should write only “what they know” or risk being “cancelled”. Rushdie said he could not accept that “there are areas in which censorship is acceptable”. 

“I’ve always seen democracy as a public square in which everyone is arguing… The ability to have the argument is what I would call freedom because in countries that are authoritarian the first thing rulers try to do is to shut down that argument,” he told Times Radio.

The world-famous author has long been a staunch defender of free speech. His own life was even under threat after Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him in 1989, following the publication of The Satanic Verses.

Recently he joined more than 150 signatories in an open letter published in US magazine Harper’s, objecting to cancel culture. 

“If you can only write about a gay character if you’re gay or you can only write about a straight character if you’re straight, very rapidly the form of literature becomes difficult to continue with,” he concluded.

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