Iran invited to Frankfurt book fair after 10-year exclusion
BONN, May 20 (AFP) -Iran is invited to attend the Frankfurt book fair
in October, 10 years after it was banned from the publishing event for
issuing a death decree against British writer Salman Rushdie, the fair's
management said Thursday.
The book fair will even pay for two independent Iranian publishing houses
to attend the event, one of the leading dates in global publishing, and
will organise a discussion on the situation of Iranian authors.
Iran was banned from the fair in 1989 after the state endorsed a fatwa,
or death sentence, by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
on Rushdie for his book "The Satanic Verses", which many Moslems
condemned as blasphemous.