Ekasi News publishes apology after printing one-sided and inaccurate article about the UCKG. Continue reading
Released on Wednesday 25th April 2007
Yahoo cannot link the name of Universal church to the ‘royal mint’ – ‘casa da moeda’(the place where the money is printed).
Brazilian Yahoo is obligated to take away from its search engine on the website the link between the name of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and the expression ‘money house’. The order comes from the judge Alexandre Almeida, from São Paulo. The judge determined a daily charge of R$500 (approximately £125) in case the decision is not followed. Continue reading
National newspaper publishes formal apology and pays out £10,000 legal costs.
In August 2000 The Independent newspaper published an article in which false allegations were made against the UCKG and its founder, Bishop Macedo. The article claimed, in an extremely denigrating tone, that the UCKG had links with the Colombian drug trade and that the Bishop had been in prison for fraud.
Bishop Renato Cardoso, responsible for the UK church at the time, felt strongly about those false allegations and decided to take legal action against The Independent.
“The article was so plainly wrong and misleading, we couldn’t just let it be. Our name and reputation suffered severe damage since the article inferred that the UCKG and those who ran it were associated with criminals and crime,” said the Bishop.
The newspaper accepted that the impression the article had given was wrong and that it owed the Bishop an apology. It paid legal costs of £10,000.
Bishop Renato Cardoso feels that both he and the church have been vindicated.
“This victory proves once again that people shouldn’t always believe what they read in the papers, especially when it comes to UCKG. ‘It confirms that the Church and its leaders were smeared. Those behind the article paid little regard to the truth, reporting untrue allegations as if they were facts. The result was to harm the work of the Church.”
The success of the case will also be of some comfort to UCKG members who feel that their church has been put down by one-sided reports in the press. Continue reading
In May of this year, the Walthamstow Guardian published an article where false allegations were made about the UCKG and one of its pastors, Pastor Alvaro Lima. The article strongly suggested that Pastor Lima had acted negligently in his brief dealings with Victoria Climbie.
This is not the first time that this particular newspaper has written negative things about the church. The UCKG would not tolerate such reports and decided to take legal action against the Walthamstow Guardian.
Following the action, the newspaper agreed to publish a letter from Pastor Lima clarifying what happened and paid costs in excess of £4,000.
Bishop Renato Cardoso was very happy with the outcome. “This is yet another victory for the UCKG. I’m sure that this, coupled with our success over The Independent newspaper earlier this year, should make reporters think twice before printing false allegations about us in the future. Lies will not be tolerated.”
The Church will not hesitate to consider taking legal action against other newspapers who attempt to publish libellous reports. Continue reading
Britain’s leading left of centre political magazine, the Newstatesman, published an article last month where false allegations were made about the UCKG HelpCentre.
The church was referred to as a religious sect and cult and was linked to the Victoria Climbie child abuse case.
Not tolerating such lies, the UCKG HelpCentre took immediate action and the magazine agreed to publish a clarification in its very next issue.
The UCKG Press Office said, “We’re sick and tired of people making false allegations and we will endeavour to uphold the good name of the church by taking immediate action against any publication that publishes lies.” Continue reading
Released on Fri 28th May 2004
In March 2004, RNN7, a television channel in Rotterdam, Holland, sent a fax to the UCKG HelpCentre, claiming to possess information that would prove that the church is involved in criminal activities.
The accusations included that the church traffics in firearms and drugs. It also accused the church of money laundering and extortion. RNN7 notified the church office, saying that they would broadcast this information on television.
Apart from the accusations being blatant lies, if screened on television, RNN7′s accusations would reach thousands of people all across Rotterdam, who would then be discouraged, if not totally put off, from using the HelpCentre to find a solution to their problems.
When RNN7 was asked to produce sufficient evidence, all they were able to show were very old articles containing accusations that were proven untrue, and old e-mails containing questions but no facts about the UCKG. One of the documents clearly stated that the accusations had to be rectified, a detail that RNN7 chose to ignore. The judge even asked them if they had read the actual article! Continue reading