An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.
'The Satanic Verses' was denied the ordinary life of a novel. It became something smaller and uglier: an insult.
The great concern is that year after year, rising numbers of journalists are being killed in pursuit of their work. They are increasingly seen as not being neutral but rather as combatants by one side or the other.
It's one thing to say, 'I don't like what you said to me and I find it rude and offensive,' but the moment you threaten violence in return, you've taken it to another level, where you lose whatever credibility you had.
Dick Van Patten