'Immoral and Heartless': Ben Stokes blasts English Daily for publishing sensitive information about his family

The Sun's report claims that his mother's two children were killed by her ex in 1988. Stokes took to Twitter to blast at the reports. Here's what he said
'Immoral and Heartless': Ben Stokes blasts English Daily for publishing sensitive information about his family'Immoral and Heartless': Ben Stokes blasts English Daily for publishing sensitive information about his family
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes, blasted the English daily, The Sun for publishing extremely painful information about his personal life and family. He termed this act as an 'utterly disgusting' and 'lowest form of journalism'.

Stokes said that the newspaper article deals with ''deeply personal and traumatic events'' that affected his New Zealand based family more than 30 years ago, according to a BBC report.

However, The Sun told BBC that it had received the co-operation of a family member. Stokes alleged that the report had "serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused."

His tweet read, "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, disguises 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' home in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn't bad enough, the Sun think it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.

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 grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.

This is the lowest form of journalism, focused 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 compunded 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 has been England's top performer across formats. He played a brilliant knock in the ICC World Cup final to help his side lift the World Cup trophy for the first time ever. He then followed it up with an incredible 135 not out against Australia in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

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