The UniversalTruth Consortium was on the news in the issue of this Saturday, March 9th, of the Lusitan newspaper Morning Mail (Correio da Manhã). In a accurate text, the Lisbon newspaper described with reliability the profile and objectives of this group, which already brings together reporters from five different countries.
The only reservation is with regards to the word “fight” in the headline. Strictly speaking, our purpose is only to elucidate crimes committed by the UCKG leaders who have irregularly adopted children in Portugal.
#The UniversalTruth has no restriction towards this religious denomination, its congregants or its preachers. But it will be relentless for the purpose of unraveling the crimes that began to be revealed in the series O Segredo dos Deuses, aired last December by the TVI of Portugal.
Read the article below, which can also be accessed on the Correio da Manhã.
The fundraising purpose is to support international journalists to pay for costs of lawsuits filed by the Brazilian organisation.
The journalists Alexandra Borges and Judite França, authors of the ‘The Secret of the Gods’ series, which revealed the scheme of adoptions of Portuguese children by senior leaders of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), have created an international consortium of journalists, titled The Universal Truth, and a website to continue investigating allegations concerning the illegal practices of this Brazilian organisation.
The Morning Mail has learned that the initiative has made it possible to speed up the investigations (including access to documents) – which will give rise to new reports – and publish the case worldwide.The consortium includes the two TVI reporters, the journalists Fábio Pannunzio and Bruna Pannunzio (Brazil), Rafael Marques de Morais (Angola), Lázaro Mabunda (Mozambique) and Rita dos Santos (Brazilian based in London). English and American professionals have also joined, but their names have not yet been released.
In addition to denouncing the UCKG practices, the website is responsible for a fundraising campaign for “payment of lawyers and court costs for the defense of journalists involved in the investigation.” This is because “the UCKG’s strategy of pulverizing civil and criminal cases” is well known, which “makes the defense of reporters extremely complex and costly,” explains the consortium.
However, this collection will only serve to assist international journalists, since “the TVI provides all legal the support to its journalists,” explained the director of information from the Queluz de Baixo channel to the Morning Mail.
The TVI also clarified that, although it is not directly involved in the initiative, “it is aware of the existence of the consortium and its website” and “supports and respects” the same. When contacted, Alexandra Borges did not comment.
Reporters ask for support to translate TVI’s reportages
The ‘Secret of the Gods’ videos have been the target of thousands of social network shares, which has already led to threats of lawsuits by the UCKG and Edir Macedo, the church’s leader. Journalists have asked for pro bono help to subtitle the videos of the reportages. This work is being done in English, Spanish, German and French. The sale rights of the content to other television networks are exclusive of the TVI.