Environment

The future of Amazon journalism after British reporter’s brutal murder

The murders of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira in a remote area of the western Amazon have drawn attention to the criminal dynamics at play in the rainforest and highlight the challenges and risks of carrying out reporting there

Protests pay homage to Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso. Journalists and activists fear that the outrage about the murders will wane, and the danger they face will continue. Photo: Francisco Alves/Fotoarena/Folhapress

On Tuesday morning, members of several of the indigenous ethnicities that reside in the protected Vale do Javari reserve, in the western Brazilian Amazon, gathered to pay their final respects to British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who were brutally murdered on the Itaquaí River on June 5.

After witnessing the funeral ritual at the headquarters of the Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Vale do Javari (Univaja), many of the few remaining Brazilian journalists and foreign correspondents who had flocked to the quiet town of Atalaia do Norte in recent weeks began making their way...

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