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Iran to boycott FBF over Rushdie speech

Iran has announced it will boycott this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) after organisers invited author Salman Rushdie to deliver a keynote speech, reports the Guardian. Iran’s foreign ministry said the fair had, ‘under the pretext of freedom of expression, invited a person who is hated in the Islamic world’, and called on other Muslim nations to join its boycott. Rushdie, who was made the subject of a fatwa in 1989 by Iran’s former leader Ayatollah Khomeini, is due to speak at an opening press conference for FBF on 13 October on the significance of freedom of expression for authors and the book industry. Last year, 282 Iranian publishers attended FBF, according to the Bookseller.

 

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