CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1989
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Reports introd.
(London, England: Tom Fenton) Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini recalled ordering Moslems to find and kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses". British flights to India reported receive bomb threats by group called Iranian Guards. Tehran radio broadcast quoted with regard to bounty for killing Rushdie. [For. secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - says no one has right to commit violent acts upon British soil.] Khomeini's actions noted undermining Iran's efforts to improve relations with West [Iranian journalist Hezhir TEIMOURIAN - says Khomeini is losing touch with reality.] Exs. given of Iranian hit squads attacking Moslem dissidents in England in recent years Rushdie noted now in hiding in Great Britain.
(NYC: Betsy Aaron) Sale of "The Satanic Verses" in United States discussed. [Authors Susan SONTAG, William STYRON - express fear with regard to notion of death threats for writing book.] [Association of Muslim Social Scientists spokesperson Syeed SAYYID - says book blasphemes prophet Mohammed.] [Script writer Hanif KUREISHI - says threat will follow Rushdie for remainder of his life.] [SONTAG - worries about intimidation.]