Kolkata: Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju, who has stirred a hornet's nest with his critical comments about the media, 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.

"The country is facing several socio economic problems, there is poverty, price rise and incidents like farmers' suicides. Isn't all that more important," Katju asked.

"Katju said that it was high time that the media woke up to its role and corrects itself," he said and added that people had expectations from the media.

(Agencies)