NUJ expresses concern over safety of missing journalist Dom Phillips

  • 06 Jun 2022

The National Union of Journalists has expressed concern over the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips in Brazil. An experienced reporter, Phillips had been travelling in the Amazon with indigenous expert Bruno Araújo Pereira. His work reporting on Brazil for over 15 years included as a freelance journalist for the Guardian.

On 5 June, after failing to return within the expected timeframe for their journey in the Amazon, it is reported indigenous leaders raised concern over the safety and whereabouts of the men. Police have confirmed they are aware of the case and continue to face pressure alongside authorities to urgently deploy all search efforts.  

The NUJ is alarmed by reports that Phillips and Pereira received threats just days before their disappearance.  

Maria Laura Canineu, Human Rights Watch Brazil director, said in a tweet: 

"It is extremely important that Brazilian authorities dedicate all available resources to immediate searches in order to guarantee the safety of the two men." 

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Authorities in Brazil must do all they can to ensure the safe return of both Dom and Bruno. Our thoughts are with their worried colleagues, friends and family awaiting further information. The NUJ is liaising with the International Federation of Journalists and our sister union in Brazil. Once again, we’re calling on Brazil to recognise the safety of journalists must be protected in the country.” 

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