January 1989


There were numerous demonstrations around the world in the late 80s against the publication of Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses' . Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, issued a fatwa against Rushdie, calling for his death, despite having never read the book.




  • Levan Kakabadze 8y

    great photo!

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • cuandomilodice 8y

    Excellent composition, political photography, brilliant
  • Karan Nevatia 8y

    was quite a big event here in india, being his home country and all. led to many events of political significance when it came to the state's relations with islam and how it handled it
  • Hughes Léglise-Bataille 8y

    Great photo and statement. It's been more than 15 years and the issue of religious fanatism is sadly more present than ever...

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • osher 8y

    great photo no doubt. still distressing & frightening.
  • Hughes Léglise-Bataille 8y

    Funny, I see this popping back in my past comments list right now, when the issue is "hot" again due to his knighthood !

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • anon nona 8y

  • Kimarine 8y

    A great shot. I was working in a bookshop on Charing Cross Road in those days and had to check the shelves for suspicious packages before opening up in the morning

    What many people forget is that many in the cultural and political establishment thought that Rushdie had brought the situation upon himself and so had little if any support for him. Something I thought was
  • Ernesto Méndez 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Concerned Photographer and the Artless Art, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Flávio A. de Sousa 6y

    your photos are all incredibly - naturally - expressive... let me point out my belief on the higher level of photojournalism masters' sensitiveness to the social subjectivity on human expression! that's what i could see here.
  • stephen Wouldn't you like to know 6y

    I recently took it upon myself to read "The Satanic Verses" with the intentions to find out what all the fuss was about. While it was a very long and on-going process, I found the book to be quite enjoyable. What is troubling to me is the fact that some people in society find it more important to defend "the feelings of certain groups" than freedom of speech for all.
  • amjamjazz 6y

    20th Anniversary Special

    Anti-Rushdie March by amjamjazz

    Anti-Rushdie March. Westminster Bridge by amjamjazz

    Anti-Rushdie March (2) London May 1989 by amjamjazz
  • © noborders 5y

    This reminds me of all the comments I heard in India and then Malaysia about S.Rushdie - someone in the last country suggested to me angrily that not only should he be killed, but first tortured for long hours !
  • pearson flicks 1y

    Salman Rushdie was accused under Islamic law of blasphemy over the publication of the Satanic Verses and condemned to death by firing squad. Fortunately Rushdie was spared much to the disgust of Khomeini.
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