NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses", reported in hiding after Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini ordered Moslems to kill him for writing the book. Report introduced..293
(Islamabad, Pakistan: Rick Davis) Demonstrations in Tehran, Iran, shown and discussed. Iran's president Mohammed Ali Khamenei reported urging moderation. Reasons listed why Moslems are offended by book. American flag shown being burned in Peshawar, Pakistan, in protest to publisher of book in US. Pakistani opposition leader Sheik Rashid quoted with regard to rules of Benazir Bhutto and Mohammed Zia ul-Haq. [Ex-relig. affairs MIN. - condemns Rushdie.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Bomb scare at Rushdie's New York City publisher Viking Penguin reported Report introduced.
(Boston, Massachusetts: Fred Briggs) Sale of "The Satanic Verses" in Great Britain discussed. [MOSLEMS - say Rushdie must die.] Reactions of international pubs. to situation featured; details given, scenes shown. [Store manager Meg RICHARDSON - comments on sales.] Excerpts quoted from "The Satanic Verses". Richard Marius recalled writing biography of Sir Thomas More, defender of Catholicism during 16th century. [MARIUS - comments on Catholic renunciation of his work.] Last summer's controversy surrounding film "The Last Temptation of Christ" recalled.