Solomon Islands plans to ban 'The Da Vinci Code'

Honiara, Solomon Islands - Hollywood blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" will be banned in the Solomon Islands, despite the troubled archipelago having no cinemas, local media reported.

The film, which questions key aspects of Jesus Christ's life, undermines the worship of Christianity, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told state-run radio Tuesday.

Christianity is the dominant religion in the Melanesian country, with a 1999 census recording 97.1 per cent of the 500,000 population as Christians.

Sogavare said he would seek to have the movie banned because its content worked to destroy the moral fabric of Christian society.

"As a Christian nation, Solomon Islanders would take offence at the content of the film," Sogavare said.

But enforcing the ban will be difficult with the Solomon Islands having no active censorship body or cinemas.

The best-selling novel by Dan Brown about a conspiracy by the Catholic Church to hide the supposed marriage of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, has sparked furious protests around the world.

The majority of movies viewed in the country are pirated DVDs from Asia.

Another South Pacific country, Samoa, has also banned the film after church leaders complained to the country's censorship board.