Ben Stokes launches legal action against English daily over family story row

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India Today

Author 2019-10-11 01:53:00

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Ben Stokes had slammed The Sun for leaking sensitive information about his family. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ben Stokes and his mother have launched legal action against The Sun
  • The Sun had revealed sensitive information about Stokes' family
  • Sun had published a front page story headlined "Stokes’ Secret Tragedy”

Ben Stokes and his mother have reportedly taken legal action action against a UK newspaper that published sensitive information about the England all-rounder's family.

English news daily The Sun had published a front-page story headlined Stokes’ Secret Tragedy that revealed that Stokes' half-brother and sister were shot dead by his mother’s ex-partner in New Zealand, three years before he was born.

According to The Guardian, over a month after the incident, Stokes and his mother, Deborah have filed proceedings against The Sun for invasion of privacy and recalling the tragic past that had been long forgotten.

However, The Guardian has mentioned that it is unclear whether papers have been formally served on the Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

When The Sun leaked personal information about Stokes' family, the crickter took to his social media accounts to post a message slamming the news article. Stokes also called the story the lowest form of journalism, focused only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence.

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.

"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," Stokes had said in the post.

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