January 24th, 2012
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Salman Rushdie stifled

salman-rushdieJaipur: Live video conference of celebrated author Salman Rushdie to be held at Jaipur Literature Festival has been cancelled following protests by Jaipur-based Milli Council. Several activists of the Milli Council arrived at the venue of the Festival at Diggi Palace this afternoon, demanding that the proposed video conference be called off. Thus the Jaipur Literary Festival will end without any participation from writer Salman Rushdie.

“We are having to step down in a fight for the freedom of expression…this is not a decision that we can support.  We have been pushed to the wall,” said Sanjoy Roy, the main organizer of the festival.

“I have taken a decision on not to allow the video conference to go ahead on the advice of Rajasthan police. There are a large number people who are inside the property and a large number who are marching towards the property. This is necessary to avoid violence and harm to the property and my family,” said Ram Pratap Singh owner of the Diggy Palace.

Imposing certain restrictions on the speech of Salman Rushdie the state authorities had permitted him to conduct a video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival afternoon at 3:45 pm for an hour. The writer is expected to discuss his famous book ‘Midnight’s Children.’ Eminent Jurist Soli Sorabjee said there is nothing illegal in video conferencing with Salman Rushdie and it should be allowed.



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