Ben Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his family

first_imgBen Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his familyEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes took to social media to slam a prominent English news website for publishing an article revealing personal and sensitive details about his family.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 16:32 IST Ben Stokes has never spoken about his family’s tragic past in public (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEnglish daily the Sun published an article revealing details about Ben Stokes’s mother and her tragic pastStokes slammed the article, calling it “immoral, contemptuous and heartless” on social mediaStokes is currently on a break from cricket after a brilliant Ashes 2019 campaign in which he scored 441 runs and took 8 wicketsEnglish news daily The Sun has come under fire for publishing an article which contains sensitive information about England all-rounder Ben Stokes’s family and the cricketer even took to his social media accounts to post a message slamming the news article.The Sun published an article with the headline, “STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before cricketer’s birth,” and it contains details of his family’s tragic past which Stokes has never mentioned in public.According to the message posted by Stokes, the news agency “sent a reporter to his parents’ house in New Zealand to question them out of the blue on this incredibly upsetting topic”. Stokes called the article immoral, contemptuous and heartless in the message he posted on social media.pic.twitter.com/ojjjvstZI2Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) September 17, 2019″Today the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.”It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.”For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events. On Saturday, the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ house in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.advertisement”To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has gave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.”This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to the lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.”The article also contains serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave.”Despite the fact that this has now been made public, I do please ask all concerned to respect my family’s privacy and right to home life,” Stokes wrote on his Twitter handle.Stokes is currently on a break from cricket after a brilliant Ashes 2019 campaign in which he scored 441 runs from the five Tests at an average of 55.12, including two hundreds, and took 8 wickets. The five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw after England won the fifth and final Test at The Oval on Sunday with Australia retaining the Urn as holders.Also Read | I would swap the drama at Headingley for an Ashes win: Ben StokesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith dons spectacles again, Jack Leach loves them this timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Ben Stokes family Nextlast_img

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