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In Brazil, disappearance of a British journalist and an expert on indigenous peoples


Freelance journalist Dom Phillips disappeared while researching a book in the Javari Valley, along with noted indigenous scholar Bruno Araujo Pereira, said Tea Guardian to which the journalist collaborates regularly.

The two men traveled by boat on Lake Jaburu, located in the state of Amazonas (northwest), and were to return on Sunday around 9 p.m. (local time) in the city of Atalaia do Norte, said the Union of Indigenous Organizations of the Javari Valley (UNIVAJA) and the Observatory for the Human Rights of Isolated and Recently Contacted Indigenous Peoples (OPI).

They had received threats on the field the week [précédant] their disappearanceadded in a press release the two organizations.

The latter did not specify the type of threats received, but Bruno Araujo Pereira, a fine connoisseur of the region and who worked for a long time at FUNAI, a government agency in charge of indigenous peoples, has regularly been the subject of threats from the share of illegal loggers and miners coveting indigenous lands.

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FUNAI told AFP it was collaborating with local authorities in the search.

According to’UNIVAJA and theOPIthe two men left Atalaia do Norte to interview residents around a FUNAI base, and reached Lake Jaburu on Friday evening.

They then headed back on Sunday morning, stopping in a community where Bruno Pereira had scheduled a meeting with the local chief to discuss the issue of indigenous patrols to combat the invasions of land.

The local chief not arriving, the two men decided to return to Atalaia do Norte, two hours away by boat, according to these two organizations. They were traveling on a new boat, with 70 liters of gasoline, enough for the tripand had satellite communication equipment, according to the same source.

Tea Guardian said in his press release very worried concerning his occasional collaborator, whose articles are also regularly published by Tea New york Times, Tea Washington Post and other media.

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We condemn all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. We hope that Dom and those who traveled with him will soon be found safe and sound.adds the daily.

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