National ban on coverage of “The Da Vinci Code” came before the film was pulled – Brian Chan and David Bandurski

da vinci.jpg From China Media Project:

Media sources told the China Media Project national media were ordered against coverage of the blockbuster film “The Da Vinci Code” on May 28, ten days before a June 7 order from the state film and broadcast regulator for the film to be pulled from more than 400 theaters nationwide. A missive from censors told media not to write news or editorials about the film or set off factors of instability, sources said.[full text]

See also China pulls “Da Vinci Code” to help local films by Reuters via Yahoo News, China drops curtain on ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by IHT, and comments on the closure from the Non-Violent Resistance blog. More reports via CDT



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