Disinformation, distortion and outright lies…this story took a very sinister turn this past week.
Mark Allan’s most despicable tactic is taking something I say and then twisting it so that it’s evidence that I’m a bad person. If that were logical, then I’d be making an argument against myself which is, of course, ludicrous. It’s highly ironic considering my habit of being straight-up with my readers is his ‘source’ i.e. his ‘proof’ is my words used far out of context. There’s no third-party evidence or investigation.
But on the internet, reading is often believing and few readers would take the time to research what they’re told.
Especially, I suspect, those who are friends or partners of those I’ve pissed off in my pursuit for truth. Some people believe what they want to believe.
In one of the more recent examples, I wrote a blog concerning sexuality, chauvinism and women’s liberation. It was called ‘Sex, Miley Cyrus, Amanda Palmer, Sinead O’Connor & Me’. It had nothing to do with my efforts for Knysna yet Mark Allan used it as proof that I present “a carefully choreographed script to confuse, confound and deceive those gullible enough to believe it could ever be different.” Somehow he decided that the sex topic was relevant to his new claim to me being a liar about quitting the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association (KRA) – bizarre association! I did quit and it’s likely that Mark Allan only knew about it because I made my resignation an open letter. There was zero proof to his claim that I was “elbowed out” of the KRA the same way I’m an “unwanted presence at Oldes Pub & Grill and The Long Barn Tavern” – I have a positive relationship with Oldes staff and owner so that’s ridiculous. And the only reason why he would’ve mentioned Long Barn is because, the same week, I wrote a review about being there for the first time in years to eat mopane worms. He sums it up with the accusation and defamation, “You can’t bluster your way out of it. You are living the lie you accuse everyone else of.”
He took it further by writing a blog this week associating me with child abuse. He tagged it with the SEO keywords, “Child abuse in Knysna the Garden Route, kiddieporn, paedophiles, paedophilia, Adrian Forbes-Wilson” and said: “”…despite your obvious and very public concerns about the welfare of disadvantaged children, your coverage of two recent child porn cases was sketchy at best. You ignored one totally. Whereas in the case of Forbes-Wilson you showed uncharacteristic compassion and understanding. Why? …What are you hiding Mike? What makes you the angry unhappy person you are?”
His obsession is now bordering on madness which makes me wonder if he could be dangerous in a different way.
Other examples of his deliberate distortion are in Mark Allan’s following blogs:
Out of Control (annexure J3)
Date – Sept 6 2013
Keywords -‘Wicked Mike Knysna’
Takes a comment off my website and posts it out of context and uses it to make the claim that my “megalomania is clouding and devaluing the questions that need to be asked.” Says that I’m “a liability we can’t afford” and “a loose cannon with a victim mentality.” The blog title states that I’m, “Out of control”.
The Evil Hook (annexure J4)
Date – September 11 2013
Keywords – Knysna municipality, Lauren Waring, Municipal Manager Knysna, DA, Democratic Alliance, local government
I composed an article called ‘Hear No Evil, See No Evil’ that questions the validity of the ISDF tender which will decide the future of Knysna. At over 6000 words, it is detailed and backed with facts. Without proof, Mark Allan sums it up as “drivel” and an “evil hook” before proceeding to comment, again, out of context.
The Open Door (annexure J6)
Date – September 19 2013
I composed a sincere open letter to Knysna. As has been one of Mark Allan’s tactics, he refers to it totally out of context so as to deliver statements that demean me i.e. Mark Allan claims that I’m not being truthful and proceeds to use wild examples that have not being mentioned in a deliberate attempt to mislead the reader and damage my image. My letter clearly explains myself before appealing to Knysna to be more active in our community so as to draw the public’s attention to a list I’ve compiled called ’30 Ways You Can Help Knysna’. Mark Allan ridiculously diminishes the positive intent by suggesting that it lacks truth because it doesn’t mention:
1. “two girls who were callously murdered”
2. “abuse against women…”
3. “financial scandals that pop out of the woodwork on a regular basis which have done so much damage to so many in this tiny community?”
4. “paedophilia busts”
5. “drug problems that tear families apart and scar the victims for life?”
He then claims that I have been “harassing, maligning and slandering the van Eck family”, Baden Hall and Lauren Waring. He implies that I’m a “fool” and acting out of “self-interest and rabble rousing”. He states that I’m “simply dishonest and self serving”.
Turning the Page (annexure J15)
Dated – February 1 2013
Keywords – Wicked Mike Knysna, Social activist, blogger, bloggers in Knysna
Here, Mark Allan uses the ludicrous association to defame me. I cannot be expected to, and have no obligation to, blog about absolutely everything (impossible) yet he uses a non-action for further defamation. Because I never blogged about protesters on Nekkies on a particular day (although I have before) Allan commented that:
“Angry protesters from Nekkies and Oupad, Knysna stoned vehicles, burned tyres and chanted songs on the N2 highway, between the turn-offs to the townships on Monday, January 28 and again on Tuesday, January 29. And not so much as a cheep out of our Wicked Mike, our uncompromising indefatigable champion of the rights of the dispossessed. Where is the social activist of yesterday? Has he turned the page? When did he last call Lauren Waring a liar? His most recent posts have literally been oozing goodwill and carefully worded neutrality. Has this leopard changed its spots? Can we expect a name change to Mischievous Mike perhaps?”
The Games People Play (annexure J16)
Dated – February 15 2013
Keywords – Wicked Mike, Knysna FM, Baden Hall
The same demeaning tactic was used in Allan’s next blog:
“We have had yet another mass public demonstration, in Concordia this time. I know this because it appeared on the front page of the Knysna Plett Herald last week. But once again our uncompromising, unrelenting campaigner for social justice in Knysna takes no cognisance of it. It would appear that he has lost some of his sizzle and zeal. A transformation from cyber bad boy and troll to a more politically correct apologist. An about turn which not only makes for boring and tedious reading but it’s embarrassing to witness his willingness to compromise and the puppy like efforts to please. Instead being the bully he is, he has now turned on Knysna FM and Baden Hall. A person with whom he crossed swords with after Baden Hall criticised the Knysna Tourism Board they explained why the Tourism members weren’t going to get the opportunity to question any of the decisions that were made in their best interests.”
In addition to the repeated slander, there is, again, a lack of context. Mark Allan doesn’t refer to the evidence in the many blogs I wrote about Baden Hall. Instead, sans proof, the defendant uses every opportunity to accuse me as if I’m the perpetrator I’m exposing. Without substantiation, he takes the side of any person I expose.
The Irony of It All (annexure J17)
Dated – February 17 2013
Keywords – Wicked Mike, Yogesh Pama, Mosdell Pama & Cox, attorneys in Knysna, defamation, Shaun van Eck, Knysna Tourism, Garden Route
In this, Mark Allan slanders both me and my lawyers as well as insinuates that there is an unhealthy relationship between us. He stated that:
“I was going through the summons I have been served by Yogesh Pama of Mosdell, Pama & Cox, trying to understand why after all that has been said and done, Wicked Mike believes i have defamed him. Or is it actually Yogesh Pama who believes I have defamed him and Yogesh Pama who now wants to sue me? There is a relationship there. Lots of back slapping and mutual admiration. And this summons makes me wonder who Yogesh Pama is and what he wants? A wandering spirit who changed his name because someone mistook him for an Asian mystic? A man with no purpose who settled in Knysna for no reason other than the fact this is where friends of his lived? A painter of complex pictures no one has ever seen? Or just a divorce lawyer making a modest living by carving up families in trouble? And before I get hit with another defamation suit, I am just asking questions. I do not understand why a man with his vast experience wants to waste my time dragging me to court. Or is he just another frustrated bully like his client? This is not the first brush that I have had with ‘Pama, Pork Chop & Melon’.”
Mark Allan’s examples have no relevance at all!
I’m not the only one who has suffered from Mark Allan’s distortions. As he used Outreach.co.za against me, he used KnysnaDiaries.com against another. This serves as an example of the modus operandi of Mark Allan.
Here, Mark Allan has posted only one article in the past year which attacks another resident of Knysna, the manager of the Knysna Waterfront, Sheldon Meese. Again, Mark Allan does not post under his own name but simply as ‘Admin’. By associating the word ‘Knysna’ and the name of the man he is attacking together, he’s ensured that the Google search engine gives priority to his version of that man. The example is relevant as, similarly, he has abused his outreach.co.za, a so-called community development website whose real purpose is to malign me. Additionally, it shows that small circulation doesn’t mitigate the damage as SEOing depends on the topic niche and target group.
In Part 5, Mark Allan uses a false Facebook profile, attacks me on News24.co.za and, after his posts are deleted by News24, finally, after 2 years, uses his real name…but the Facebook profile is empty of any photos or details – it exists purely to attack me on News24. They then ban him a second time.