Harry Potter author JK Rowling receives death threats over Salman Rushdie tweet


New Delhi: JK Rowling said on Saturday that she may have received death threats after tweeting in shock over the attack on author Salman Rushdie. The Harry Potter author has made it clear that police are investigating any possible threat to her life.

“Horrible news. Feeling very sick right now. Let him recover,” Rowling tweeted on Friday. To which Twitter user MeerAsifAziz1 replied, “Don’t worry, you’re on the way.”

Sharing the “danger” in another tweet, JK Rowling tagged Twitter Support, urging them to step up.

Rowling’s screenshots indicate that Aziz also provided information about Hadi Matar, who attacked Rushi. Matar is a “revolutionary Shia fighter who followed the fatwa of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,” he wrote in a tweet.

JK Rowling took to Twitter to express her gratitude and reassure followers that police were looking into the situation as messages and tweets poured in from worried fans and supporters.

Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed as he prepared to deliver a lecture in New York, was taken off the ventilator and was able to speak on Saturday.

Rushdie was still in the hospital with serious wounds, but in the evening, fellow writer Aatish Taseer tweeted that he was “out of the ventilator and talking (and joking)”. Rushdie’s representative, Andrew Wyllie, confirmed that information without providing any additional information.

The Indian-origin writer was stabbed to death on August 12 while he was preparing to deliver a lecture in western New York, US. His radical writings inspired Iran to threaten him with assassination in the 1980s.

According to police and eyewitnesses, 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairfield, New Jersey, was allegedly slammed to the ground as she resumed her assault, leaving Rushdie in critical condition.


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