British government must call for increased action over missing journalist Dom Phillips

  • 08 Jun 2022

NUJ parliamentary group writes to Liz Truss urging government "makes every effort" to raise the disappearance with Brazilian authorities.

The NUJ is increasingly concerned about the safety and whereabouts of journalist Dom Phillips, and indigenous activist Bruno Pereira following their disappearance in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest on 3 June.

In a letter to Liz Truss MP, foreign secretary, Grahame Morris MP called on government to take action to ensure the safety of both men.

He said:

"We are aware that Brazilian police have opened a criminal investigation yesterday into their disappearance, but the apparently flippant remarks of President Jair Bolsanaro regarding this case has done little to reassure us that the authorities are prioritising an active search.   

"We would ask that the British Government adds its voice to that of US Climate Envoy John Kerry in insisting that the full circumstances of their disappearance are brought to light and to ensure that no stone is left unturned in order to locate the pair and bring them to safety."

The NUJ stresses the need for comprehensive search efforts, and will continue to liase with the International Federation of Journalists and our sister union in Brazil.

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