NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 21, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw)"The Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie reported in hiding after Iran's Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini ordered his death for writing book. [President BUSH - condemns Khomeini's incitement to kill Rushdie.] American authors reported publicly reading excerpts from book in protest of Khomeini's death decree. Report introduced.
(NYC: Mike Jensen) "The Satanic Verses" reported becoming best seller in US. [WOMAN - explains why she wants to read book.] Major bookstores reported refusing to sell Rushdie's novel. [Oxford Bookstore spokesperson Ann LANE - comments on book.] [Dutton's Books spokesperson David DUTTON - comments on demand for book.] [Waldenbooks chairperson Harry HOFFMAN - says bomb threats forced him to remove book from stores.] [Author Gay TALESE - comments on freedom of expression.] [Constitutional attorney James GOODALE - urges stores to sell books.] Book's pub. Viking Penguin noted continue to print copies.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iran reported recalling dipls. in Europe after European Common Mkt. ordered dipls. home from Iran. United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar noted urging Iran to lift death threat.
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