I’m not accepting you banning me from your pages. I believe that you did this to make your advertisers happy (Knysna Municipality, the DA and Knysna Tourism). Newton Lee said it best with, “Journalists should be watchdogs, not lapdogs.”
There are many incidents of your wrong doings but here are 3 examples:
- The tourism scandal was the biggest this town has had in years. I was at the forefront of that, warning Knysna (and being vilified) alone. I was proven right. I was, arguably one of the instigators of change (and i’m still fighting for more), yet, despite being in contact with KPH and the the many KPH articles about it, i was never mentioned. This also meant that the public missed out on tons of information that they needed to judge the situation for themselves.
- The only interesting thing (that’s not subjective) that happened when Helen Zille came to town was the disagreement her and i had. To get her out of the situation, MEC Alan Winde offered me a meeting the next day. The KPH excluded all of this and, instead, published an ‘article’ that looked like a glowing press release, ensuring that when Zille or the like next visits our town (it took her 3 years to get here this time), that Knysna issues won’t be discussed again. Our town must come first!
- I exposed the Knysna Rent scam and tracked down the many victims yet the KPH obviously used all my info (with a slight change on the final fraud amount) yet never contacted me let alone mentioned my name. It could only be my story as it began with a single conversation in a bar that multiplied the same week. I also published it first.
This is about choosing truth over bias. Do you believe that the public want to be left in the dark, only knowing one side of the story and never knowing about the machinations/fighting for power that is always going on.
I invite you, Nicole Rimbault, the Operations Director of the Knysna-Plett Herald’s holding company, Group Editors, to have a meeting with me in a coffee shop or restaurant of my choosing in Knysna. Heidi Vogel (KPH editor) and Anoeschka von Meck a.k.a. Snoek (KPH chief reporter) should join too. This meeting should take place a day before the deadline of your next publication (i expect that is Tuesday).
You’ve refused to respond to me previously so this invitation is posted on KnysnaKeep.org for all to see.
If you don’t, i’m going to challenge you until you do… maybe i’ll even be successful and get rid of staff or close you down. I will not bow to the obvious power that you could use against me. When i get pissed off enough at wrong doings, you will be aware that i’m a dedicated guy.
I started with a small shot across your bow which was the ridiculous Eleanore Bouw article you published. That’s been a small victory for Knysna i.e. the Press Ombudsman said that you’d changed the online header and have promised a similar article for the opposition. That’s a start but i will pursue the Ombudsman unless you truly commit to fixing that situation.
My main strategy will be to publicly provide you information until we get this sorted into an honest relationship. That way the public will know what you have in your possession and whether you sit on it or investigate, or report only one side. So will the Press Ombudsman.
Today, i have sent you (attached) a disturbing forensic report involving the previously ANC-led Bitou (Plettenberg Bay) government and Xylophone Investments (which included Rowan Spies, the then husband of Eleonor Bouw who is running for Council again). The report was ordered by the DA and, considering it’s contents, one has to deeply wonder why the DA squashed it. Could the rumours really be true that some ANC and DA members were working together for their benefit instead of their political parties and us?
You’ve named your newspaper after Knysna and Plett. The relationship needs to be symbiotic. Please start doing what’s best for our towns.
Why would you not choose to build a better relationship?
I look forward to your email (not call – let’s keep this on the record).
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