J.K. Rowling’s online threats are being looked at by UK police


J.K. Rowling's online threats are being looked at by UK police

Source: AUN News

After Rowling expressed sympathy for Salman Rushdie, the author who was attacked last week at an event in western New York, on social media, the British authorities announced on Sunday that they were looking into an internet threat against the author.

Ms. Rowling expressed her condolences hours after Mr. Rushdie was stabbed around ten times as he was ready to talk at the Chautauqua Institution. She first tweeted, “Horrifying news,” followed by “Feeling nauseous right now. Just let him be.

Don’t worry; you’re next, a person with the handle @MeerAsifAziz1 said.

Even though the account was still active on Sunday afternoon, the tweet was eventually deleted.

Police Scotland’s spokeswoman stated that an investigation was ongoing after the authorities were informed of an internet threat against Ms. Rowling.

The author of the acclaimed “Harry Potter” books, Ms. Rowling, 57, criticized Twitter on Saturday for allowing the social network account that made the threat to stay active.

 These are your rules, correct?” she emailed. Violence: You are not allowed to threaten to use violence against a specific person or group of individuals. Additionally, we forbid glorifying violence.

A request for comment from Twitter did not immediately receive a response.

The entertainment business behind the “Harry Potter” movie adaptations, Warner Bros. Discovery, released a statement on Sunday denouncing the assault on Ms. Rowling.

The publisher issued a statement in which it declared, “We stand with her and all the authors, storytellers, and innovators who fearlessly share their creativity and opinions.” The statement also expressed sympathy for Mr. Rushdie and his family.

Ideas and creativity

When opinions, beliefs, or sentiments might differ, the company “strongly rejects any kind of threat, assault, or intimidation,” according to the statement.

Immediately following his book “The Satanic Verses” in 1989, Mr. Rushdie went into hiding. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran, issued a fatwa, or religious decree, urging Muslims to kill the book’s author because it angered many Muslims and contained fictitious portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad. Iran no longer backed the directive, according to the country’s president in 1998.

A guy, later identified by the authorities as Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, seized the stage as Mr. Rushdie was getting ready to speak at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbed him. According to his agent’s statement on Sunday, Mr. Rushdie is still being treated in a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network


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