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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter McKenna

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Mr Peter McKenna of Liverpool complained that a book review had contained the inaccurate claim that, in the Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie “had the wives of the prophet working in a brothel”. In fact, in the book, a rival of the character Mahound named his prostitutes after Mahound’s wives.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

An article headlined The Love story that provoked a firebomb attack (Shortcuts, p3, G2, September 30) contained a quote saying: “In The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie had the wives of the prophet working in a brothel”. To clarify, the women are not literally cast in this role; rather, 12 prostitutes adopt the wives’ names in a dream sequence.

Report: 78

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