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Warner Bros. Discovery condemns threat against J.K. Rowling

August 14, 2022

Warner Bros. Discovery has condemned the threats made against J.K. Rowling after she expressed concern author Salman Rushdie, who has been stabbed on stage in New York after years of Islamist death threats.

The company has issued the following statement:

Warner Bros. Discovery statement regarding JK Rowling and Salman Rushdie
Warner Bros. Discovery statement regarding JK Rowling and Salman Rushdie

Warner Bros. Discovery strongly condemns the threats made against J.K. Rowling.

We stand with her and all the authors, storytellers and creators who bravely express their creativity and opinions. WBD believes in freedom of expression, peaceful discourse and supporting those who offer their views in the public arena.

Our thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family following the senseless act of violence in New York. The company strongly condemns any form of threat, violence or intimidation when opinions, beliefs and thoughts might differ.

Neil Blair, chairman of The Blair Partnership and J.K. Rowling’s agent, also released a statement:

Neil Blair's statement regarding J.K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie
Neil Blair’s statement regarding J.K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie

Any threat or act of violence against authors, writers and storytellers is abhorrent and unconscionable.

I believe in freedom of speech and stand in firm solidarity with J.K. Rowling and all writers against any threat of violence.

My thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family at this time.

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