Authors, actors and musicians say Trump order ‘silences essential voices’ | Books


A group of 60 authors, actors and musicians including Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith have signed a letter that calls on Donald Trump to rescind the executive order that banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees from entering the US.

The joint letter, which was released by PEN America, states that the consequences of the executive order are “entirely at odds with the national interests of the United States”. It goes on to highlight the high-profile artists who have already been affected by the measure, which has been temporarily halted after an injunction issued by a judge in Seattle was upheld by the ninth circuit court of appeals on 9 February.

The group uses the example of the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is nominated for an Oscar for his film The Salesman but won’t be attending the ceremony. They also point to the Syrian…



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