“A Guide to Chapursan Valley in Northern Pakistan” was an enthusiastic article written in 2019, by Alex Reynolds a travel blogger posting on the website, “Lost with purpose”. There, she depicted the warm hospitality and the safety she enjoyed in this Pakistan high area also called Chipurson, Chipursan or Chapurson. In June 2020, Alex decided to “amend” her paper by echoing unsupported second hand defamatory allegations against her hosts. They are causing severe harms to the local population. This publication is intended to mitigate such a prejudice.
Please note the legal ground for using in a fair way the defaming article copyrighted pictures from Alex Reynolds, according to Google standards:
« In many countries, certain uses of copyright-protected works do not infringe the copyright owner’s rights. For example, in the United States, copyright rights are limited by the doctrine of « fair use, » under which certain uses of copyrighted material for, but not limited to, criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research may be considered fair. U.S. judges determine whether a fair use defense is valid according to four factors, which are listed here for educational purposes. In some other countries, there is a similar concept called “fair dealing » that may be applied differently”.«
Background for the defamation against a Wakhi family of Chapursan Valley
A campaign was launched in May 2019 by a radicalized Karachi Sunni woman, Ramla Akhtar aka Rmla Aalam, who migrated to Upper Hunza Valley because of physical and mental health disorders. Inadaptable to this severe region, she decided to spread a hate speech and calls for violence against the local Wakhi ethnic and religious minority. Ms Akhtar got the support of a close friend, Ms Olga Leonidovna Ozerova, a Russian travel agent from Saratov, making business in Pakistan under “Russian Travel Extreme”.
For dubious reasons, Alex Reynolds, in contradiction with all her local observations decided to believe directly or indirectly in the malevolent rumours spread by the toxic Ramla Akhtar about Chapursan Valley. She shared these unsupported allegations on a Facebook group called “Backpacking Pakistan” (5,2 K members). While numerous travellers, who visit or want to visit Pakistan, get information from this group, such a publication is devastating. It will lead foreign visitor to avoid Chapursan Valley and especially the familly under RamlaAkhtar/AlexReynolds attacks. Some women and some men politely advised Alex about the fact that such a defamation was particularly unfair and illegal. However, all these people were rebuffed with strong words from Alex, if not with slang and outrageous insults from Sebastiaan Rijntjes and Will Hatton, her group partners.
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This delictual publication was included in the already existing “Travel Guide” about Chapursan Valley.
This is a dramatic deepening of the COVID quarantine consequences, which are so damageable for the families surviving in the harsh conditions of the high Chapursan Valley. Some of them are in a desperate need of the revenue brought by the few external visitors that Alex Reynolds “travel guide” will keep away.
Impact of Alex reynolds defamation on Google search results?
While, during one year, Ms Reynolds Chapursan “Travel Guide” was factual and non judgemental with relevant travel information, it was widely read and shared. It means it has a stong SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Anybody who is looking for information on Chapursan Valley will read the calumnious denunciations reported by Alex Reynolds requisitory. On a Google text search her publication is the second one after Wikipedia for Chapursan Valley. On a Google image search 11 of the 12 photos of her article are showing. Some have a very good rank.
Such a defamation in any western country, especially in the US, from which Alex Reynolds comes, is condemned by law. The article would be removed and Ms Reynolds charged with a fine, if not jail in case of a repeat. However, the victims are in Pakistan. There is not much which can be done. On the other hand it was impossible to make the author understand how she was dealing inappropriately.
Thanks to the worldwide web, and to a judicial loophole, Alex Reynolds, a young American lady, enjoying her travel hobby as a full activity, based on unfair indirect unsupported allegations, can decide to ruin one or more Pakistan mountain families fighting, on a day to day basis, for collecting what enables them to live.
Pictures of Chapursan Valley
These pictures are intended to show the beauty and the peace of this safe valley and of its people. Hopefully, they will help to burry the despicable unsupported hate speech reported by the American Alex Reynolds in her blog, Lost with purpose. That’s, unfortunately, the maximum which can be done against the defamation of a stalker enjoying a judicial loophole for promoting her business via repeated despicable bad buzz manipulations.
Another vision of Chapursan Valley: locally observed and documented articles about Chapursan Valley & around
Collection of stories published on “Medium” about high valleys and mountains at the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. These different papers provide some background on geography, traditions, religion, history, geopolitics, communities, minorities, environment, external interactions, development issues and globalisation in this remote area.
Where to stay in Chapursan Valley
Pamir Serai guest houses are the traditional homestay of Zoodkhun and Baba Ghundi for external visitors. They are run by the internationaly famous Alam Jan Dario’s family.
Sky Bridge Motel & Resorts opened in 2018. It is run by Fahim U. Baig in Zoodkhun.
Hilltop Guest House is run by Haider Badakhshoni in Reshit.