27 May 2006

Catholic bishops in PNG call for Da Vinci Code movie to be banned

6:34 am on 27 May 2006

Catholic bishops in Papua New Guinea have called for The Da Vinci Code to be banned.

Francesco Sarego, president of the PNG and Solomon Islands Catholic Bishops Conference, says the movie was based on false assumptions and offensive to believers.

PNG bishops believed it should not be allowed into the country.

The movie, based on the book by Dan Brown and starring Tom Hanks, is doing well at the box office in many places but has been banned in Samoa and the Solomons.

PNG has no cinemas but movie suppliers wish to import it in the form of DVDs.

PNG's Deputy Chief Censor says the Censorship Board has yet to respond to import requests because it had yet to view the film and give it a rating.