Indigenous expert murdered alongside British journalist was investigating the role of the city government in illegal fishing

  • Source: Abraji
  • June 30, 2022

"Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira – who died on June 5, 2022, along with British journalist Dom Phillips, in the Javari Valley (AM) – was mapping the connections of the Atalaia do Norte (AM) city hall with the group involved in poaching and illegal fishing in the Indigenous Land of the Javari Valley. Pereira had started investigating at least two months before the crime in partnership with environmental activists and the Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (Univaja).

The murder of Dom Phillips was the 5th included in the Tim Lopes Program of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). The program investigates the killing of journalists while fulfilling their duty to inform. Phillips accompanied Pereira on an expedition through the Javari Valley. Phillips was writing a book on how to save the Amazon, in which he referred to human rights violations in the region."

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