Salman Rushdie chastises authors protesting PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute

NEW YORK – Salman Rushdie on Monday defended the PEN American Center’s plans to honour the magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation.

Rushdie said in an email to The Associated Press that PEN is “quite right” to honour the Charlie Hebdo artists killed during a January shooting at the magazine’s Paris offices. Rushdie is a former president of the PEN American Center, a literary and human rights organization. He was forced into hiding for years over death threats related to his novel, The Satanic Verses, which Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned as anti-Muslim…