On October 27, the publication “Union of Orthodox Journalists (UOJ)” published a news article according to which a Ukrainian charity foundation “Вільні” is looking for a vocalist who will preach LGBT ideology. According to UOJ, the Foundation published a vacancy on the website Work.ua. The article also includes a screenshot of the vacancy. The same news was published by UOJ in Russian, Ukrainian, and English languages.
The widespread claim that the charity organization in Ukraine is looking for cantors to preach LGBT ideology to the congregation is disinformation. The organization itself denied the information.
On October 29, 2023, the Ukrainian charity organization «БФ Вільніі» responded to the information about the alleged vacancy on social networks, Facebook and Instagram. The statement mentions that the information given in the published vacancy is false and the organization is not looking for vocalists or other employees. According to the statement, the purpose of the disinformation is to damage the reputation of the organization, and they also contacted the police regarding the issue. The post of “БФ Вільні” also features the screenshot of the announcement, which the “Union of Orthodox Journalists” has included in its article.
Given that the screenshot of the vacancy visually resembles the Ukrainian job posting portal Work.ua, it is likely that the information about the fake vacancy was published here. When going to the Work.ua link specified in the article by the “Union of Orthodox Journalists”, the vacancy can no longer be found, and a note is visible that the vacancy has been deleted or hidden by the employer. Information about the deletion of the vacancy is indicated in the link itself. The job was allegedly removed after it was found to be false.
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According to the “About Us” section of the “Union of Orthodox Journalists,” the association was created in 2015 to protect the interests of the “canonical” Orthodox Church (the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate). The website operates in Ukrainian, Russian, English, Greek, Romanian, Georgian and Russian languages. False information spread by the UOJ has been verified by “Myth Detector” in the past as well (1, 2).
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