Police investigate ‘online threats’ made against JK Rowling after Rushdie tweet

Police say they are investigating a report of an “online threat” made against JK Rowling after she tweeted her response to the stabbing of Sir Salman Rushdie.

Harry Potter author, 57, shared a screenshot of a message from a user who wrote “don’t worry you’re next” in response to her tweet about Sir Salman.

Rowling has said that she feels “very ill” after hearing the news and hopes the novelist will be “well”.

After sharing a screenshot of the threatening tweet, she said: “To all those sending messages of support: thank you Cops for being involved (engaged in other threats). ).”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We have received reports of an online threat being made and officers are investigating.”

The same Twitter account also posted messages praising the man who attacked Sir Salman on stage in New York state.

The tweet to Rowling, which came from an account in Pakistan, appeared to have been taken down Sunday morning.

Bosses at Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), the entertainment company behind the JK Rowling adaptation of the Harry Potter films, said they “strongly condemn” the threats against the author.

In a statement shared with the PA news agency, a spokesman for the media group added: “We stand with her and all the authors, storytellers and creators who… Bravely express their creativity and opinions.

“WBD believes in free speech, peaceful discourse and supports those who make their point in the public arena.

“Our thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family following this senseless act of violence in New York.

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“The Company strongly condemns any form of intimidation, violence or intimidation where opinions, beliefs and thoughts may differ.”


Sir Salman Rushdie’s novels banned in Iran (PA)

Rowling is among the notable authors and faces who have voiced their skepticism after the stabbing of Sir Salman.

The Indian-British author, whose writings led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute, 65 miles from Buffalo in New York state, when he was attacked.

British-American writer Aatish Taseer said that, in a since-deleted tweet, the 75-year-old had “turned off the ventilator and talked (and joked)”, which was later reported endorsed by the author’s agent, Andrew Wylie.

Mr Wylie previously said Sir Salman was on a ventilator and may have lost an eye after sustaining injuries to his arm and liver.

The man accused of stabbing him, Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, on Saturday pleaded not guilty to the charges of willful murder and assault, according to a prosecutor calling the crime ” planned in advance”.

Since the suspect was identified, people on social media have asked if the attack was related to former Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini’s earlier calls to kill him.

The appeal came after the publication of Sir Salman’s book The Satanic Verses, which has been banned in Iran since 1988 because many Muslims consider it blasphemous.

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