“A poet's work...to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”

FAIR is committed to advancing individual civil rights and liberties for all. The most vital among these rights are freedom of speech and free expression.


The August 12th attack on Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua, New York is a sobering example of what can happen when we abandon those principles. Intolerance of free speech is the first step on the road to violence, and we must oppose it emphatically for the sake of free society.


Salman has been a staunch supporter and defender of free speech and free expression for over 30 years—ten of which he spent in constant mortal danger as a result. We unequivocally condemn the violence perpetrated against Salman, and stand with individuals everywhere who are brave enough to speak their mind in the face of intolerance.

Stand with Salman: Defend the Freedom to Write Event in New York City

Writers around the globe stand in solidarity with Salman Rushdie and celebrate his tireless advocacy for freedom of expression and imperiled writers everywhere.


FAIR proudly supported PEN America, The New York Public Library, and Penguin Random House on Friday, August 19th at the New York Public Library in New York City as we gathered with friends, supporters, readers, and members of the literary community to read from selected texts from Rushdie’s body of work.



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