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Ben Stokes Blasts English Daily for Practicing ‘Lowest Form of Journalism’

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London: England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Tuesday lambasted an English daily for publishing details about his personal life and family, terming the act as “utterly disgusting” and the “lowest form of journalism”.

Ben Stokes said 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.

The Sun told the BBC it had received the co-operation of a family member.

In a statement on Twitter, Stokes alleged the report had “serious inaccuracies which have compounded the damage caused”.

“The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular,” he said.

The Durham and England all-rounder added: “To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of — in particular — my parents are utterly disgusting.

“It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behavior, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.”

Ben Stokes was England’s World Cup hero and also scored an incredible 135 not out in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley last month to help his side draw the series 2-2.

He added: “I am aware that my public profile brings with its 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.

“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 thinks it is acceptable to sensationalize our personal tragedy for their front page.

“This is the lowest form of journalism, focused only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.” IANS

 

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