Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered a ban on the screening of The Da Vinci Code in response to an appeal made by Catholic bishops in the country.

On 23rd May, the Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka sent a letter to the president calling for the ban on the basis that the book has caused confusion between fact and fiction. Two days later, the state-owned Daily News, quoted Rajapaksa, who is also minister for religious affairs, as saying that he had ordered the Public Performances Board to ban the screening of the movie in local cinemas and on local TV channels.

In Pakistan, Shahbaz Bhatti, chairman of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (who between them can probably take offence at anything - including each other), has called the film blasphemous and satanic and demanded that the government immediately ban it.

And the film has been banned in the Solomon Islands, even though the South Pacific nation has no cinemas.