ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 15, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.
(New York City: Richard Threlkeld) Salman Rushdie, author of controversial book "Satanic Verses", reported threatened with death order from Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini; details given, scenes shown of worldwide protests against book. Book's portrayal of Moslem prophet Mohammed explained. [On "Nightline" on February 13, RUSHDIE - comments.] Protest march in London, England, by literary colleagues in his defense shown. [Playwright Harold PINTER - talks about threat to Rushdie.] [Middle East analyst Judith KIPPER - says demonstrations are being politically manipulated.] Protests in Pakistan reported aimed at embarrassing new prime minister Benazir Bhutto. [MOSLEM - comments.]
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