Da Vinci Code banned in Iran

Stop Fundamentalism, July 27 – Iran has reportedly banned the sale of The Da Vinci Code after protests country’s Muslim and Christian clergy, the culture ministry said yesterday. The book’s translation in Farsi is already in its eighth edition.

Many Christians have condemned Dan Brown’s page-turner, saying the plot is offensive.

The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 40mn copies worldwide and has been turned into a Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks. Although the film has not had a box office release in Iran, the pirated DVD is widely available.

Copies of the book were still on sale in Iran, but a ninth edition will not be printed, the official said.