31 May 2006

Kiribati call to ban Da Vinci Code movie

1:13 pm on 31 May 2006

The Kiribati National Council of Churches has called on the government to stop the movie The Da Vinci Code from being brought into the country.

The Council's Secretary General, Kianteata Teabo, says it is important for the Government to pay attention to the fact that Kiribati is a Christian country and must be protected from any potential harm or damage.

The call comes two weeks after the premiere of the film which is based on a novel.

The film has been banned in Samoa but the move is being challenged.

The Solomon Islands prime minister has also said he will ban the film.

There have been calls for bans in Papua New Guinea and Fiji where the film has been in the cinemas for almost two weeks.