On Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 I sent a letter to Mr Dominic Wardall at Travel Industry Review (TIR) with Reference Number: AMW/ATM/20200422/23/100, consisting of 04 Pages detailing a Fake Article published on their website on Monday, 20th January 2014. I believe the information contained in this article is INACCURATE AND OVERLY DEFAMATORY. I understand that it has been a long time since the publication of the said article. STILL, THIS UNSUBSTANTIATED STORY AND THE VERY NATURE OF THE INTERNET CAN POTENTIALLY FOLLOW ME AND MY COMPANIES FOR LIFE.
I find it inappropriately rash of your publication to post the article in the way you did. I was NOT CONVICTED of any of the crimes as alleged by your report. The article contains general misinformation about my organisation’s business model, calling into question the CEO and my organisation’s ethical practices and standards and overall poor research methodology and writing standards.
I believe that this PARTICULAR DEFAMATORY article might expose you to potential liability, and it should please BE REMOVED. Below I cite a few essential notes from The Press Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African Print and Online Media:
- Privacy, Dignity and Reputation
The media shall:
3.3 exercise care and consideration in matters involving dignity and reputation, which may be overridden only if it is in the public interest and if:
3.3.1. the facts reported are true or substantially true; or
3.3.2. the reportage amounts to protected comment based on facts that are adequately referred to and that are either true or reasonably true; or
3.3.3. the reportage amounts to a fair and accurate report of court proceedings, Parliamentary proceedings or the proceedings of any quasi-judicial tribunal or forum; or
3.3.4. it was reasonable for the information to be communicated because it was prepared in accordance with accepted principles of journalistic conduct; or
3.3.5. the content was, or formed part of, an accurate and impartial account of a dispute to which the complainant was a party.
The news story in question contains information that is FALSE, UNFAIR, DEFAMATORY AND ACTUALLY CREATES A FALSE IMPRESSION ON ME as the CEO and my companies. NEWS ORGANISATIONS’ PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO REPORT OBJECTIVELY; however, your publication did not seek to contact me and verify the information before going live.
This article’s BIAS LIES not only in its gaping lack of information from myself as the affected party but also in its bias as I WAS NOT AFFORDED MY CHANCE TO RESPOND SUBSTANTIVELY. No reporter from your publication contacted me regarding an article implicating me in crimes.
I have requested from you that the said article be DELETED AND DE-INDEXED FROM SEARCH ENGINES (E.G. GOOGLE). I did this because I believe a publication of such eminence cannot afford to commit such errors and that YOUR REPUTATION DEPENDS ON YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE FACTUAL INFORMATION, PUBLISHED INFORMATION MUST BE CORRECT.
Until up to date I have not received any Reply and/ or Answer to my letter regarding the above from Mr. Dominic Wardall at Travel Industry Review (TIR).
It is very Disgraceful for Travel Industry Review (TIR) as an Online Media Publisher to Attack my Legitimate and Legal companies and me without any form of Notification to me before publication to get their Facts Straight.
I refused to become a part of Corruption at the time in South Africa to which I was subjected to Fake and False Allegations fuelled by False, Misleading and Damaging Publications, such as the above article from Travel Industry Review (TIR) which was created with Hidden Agenda by those members responsible for destroying my Good Name and my Good Company due to Jealousy in my Success in the South African Tourism Industry.
I am now in the process of moving forward with Legal Action against Travel Industry Review (TIR), and I trust and respect the South African Judicial Process however if need be, I am ready to take the matter Internationally.
A QUESTION FOR TRAVEL INDUSTRY REVIEW (TIR):
When the South African Government under the Strong Leadership of his Presidency Cyril Ramaphosa and all his new cabinet ministers and officials, started to clean South Africa of all the Corruption, specifically the Travel and Tourism Industry: Where were Travel Industry Review (TIR) articles and publications regarding All those Tour Operators and Travel Agencies that Collapsed due to their Illegal and Corrupt business in South Africa?
Allow me to announce one of our latest achievements in becoming a member with the African Tourism Board (ATB) in South Africa as a Highly Respected and Trustworthy Association in Africa which is the Only Association that can be TRUSTED IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA.
We are also a very Proud Member of the below Worldwide Associations:
- ITAP (International Tourism Association of Professionals) (Unites States of America)
- ETOA (European Tourism Association) (United Kingdom)
- ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) (United Kingdom)
- SKAL (Skal International) (Spain)
- Silver Travel Advisor (United Kingdom)
- Travel Massive (United Kingdom)
On a Personal Note: As I am a Legal and Legitimate International Investor backed by my overseas organisations from Egypt, with over 71 years’ experience in the Travel Industry Worldwide, I can without a doubt assure the South African Public and Tourism Industry, that I will never get nor have I Ever been Involved in Corruption and I will continue to Fight any Corruption that might occur in the South African Tourism Industry because it is my belief distilled in me through my Family Heritage and Culture to Always be Honest, Loyal and Trustworthy.
We, as a company, have a solid financial backing on an international level supported by many organisations worldwide to Protect All our customers. We can Assure the South African public that our name will stand for many years to come.
I will continue to offer the South African public our utmost best Service and to Deliver our maximum best Prices for All our Packages.
From the bottom of my heat, I will endeavour to achieve Customer Satisfaction with New Experiences through Now You Can Say You Have Been On Holiday!
Should you wish to contact me, kindly feel free to do so directly.
Thank you kindly for all your ongoing support.
AMW Holidays Worldwide Group President & CEO
Phone: +27 (11) 681 6417