ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1989
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(NYC: John Martin) Decision by some bookstores to remove controversial book "The Satanic Verses", by Salman Rushdie, from shelves reported [Media critic John LEONARD - opposes decision.] Scenes shown of picketing outside ofcs. of Viking Penguin, which published American edition of novel. ["Nation" magazine editor Victor NAVASKY - calls removal of books an act of hysteria.] Canada reported halting import of book so it can be established if novel is "hate literature." Actions with regard to book in various ntns. in Europe explained; statement from author Roald Dahl that book should be destroyed to save lives noted. [Farrar Straus Giroux CEO Roger STRAUS - comments.] Poet John Milton's comment about books quoted. West world's response to Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini reiterated.
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.
(London,England: Hal Walker) Reaction of Moslem world to Rushdie's book featured; details given, scenes shown of protests in Pakistan and Iran. [In Jerusalem, SHEIKH - says anyone writing about prophet Mohammed should get a knife in the neck.] Conciliatory statement from Iranian president Mohammed Ali Khamenei noted. Condemnation of Khomeini's death order by European ntns. reported
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