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“I know all too well the risks of working on a story at Amazon where Dom Phillips disappeared” – World News

Mirror man Christopher Bucktin has received death threats in Brazil and knows only too well the dangers of working on a story in the Amazon, where British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira have not been seen since June 5

The Brazilian journalist said Dom Phillips' wife, Alessandra, informed him that the bodies of her husband and his colleague Bruno Pereira had been found in the Amazon rainforest
The Brazilian journalist said Dom Phillips’ wife, Alessandra, informed him that the bodies of her husband and his colleague Bruno Pereira had been found in the Amazon rainforest

As a child, the breathtaking images, accompanied by the staccato tones of Sir David Attenborough, painted the Amazon as the most idyllic place on earth.

But having traveled to the region several times, I found it to be one of the most brutal.

And since 2019 there is a major threat to the Amazon – President Jair Bolsonaro.

The Brazilian government’s inadequate response to the disappearance of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira was not a mistake. It was designed.

Known in Brazil as the “enemy of the Amazon,” Bolsonaro waited days before deploying his military to search. Anyone who doubted his apathy had only to look at his words.







Mirror reporter Chris Bucktin in the Amazon
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‘Two people in a boat in a region like that, all wild – that’s an inadvisable adventure. Anything can happen,” he said. “Maybe there was an accident, maybe they were executed.”

Such a shameless, unsympathetic look at those trying to save the Amazon has allowed unbridled violence to spread like cancer in the “lungs of the world.”

I witnessed firsthand the threats Phillips and Pereira received.







Bucktin amidst the remains of a fire near the city of Porto Velho in northern Brazil
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While theirs were donated by local fishermen, they were little different from the ones I and my fixer were issued with when I was in Itaituba in February to expose the illegal gold mines.

With very few hotels to choose from, it was only a matter of hours before a group of men approached us and asked reception why we were there. Only when leaving the rooms did we see them for the first time.

At one point, one of the group displayed his holstered pistol while another drew his thumb down his neck.







Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira
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Bolsonaro has encouraged such criminals, effectively giving them immunity. Anyone who dares challenge her or Bolsonaro does so at their own risk, Phillips found out.

It was he who famously questioned the Brazilian leader three years ago about deforestation and other environmental problems. “The Amazon is ours, not yours,” Bolsonaro snapped back.

Unfortunately, it is now the same Amazon that Phillips may have given his life to save.

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