Thursday, January 12, 2012

Justice Katju slams media for priority given to Dev Anand's death

Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju, who has stirred a hornet's nest with his critical comments about the media, on Tuesday attacked the prominence given to the coverage of actor Dev Anand's death.
Putting the news of an actor's death on the front page when farmers were committing suicide and there were more pressing social and economic issues to be addressed only showed a "lack of sense of priority", he said.
"I had also watched his films when I was young and also liked them," the former Supreme Court judge said disapproving the wide prominence given to the news of the actor's death.
Katju said that 2.5 lakh farmers had committed suicide in the last fifty years but barring some exceptions and journalists like P Sainath, who were doing commendable work, most of the media was simply ignoring these issues.

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