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British Journalist and Indigenous Expert Are Missing in Amazon After Threats


Brazilian journalists and Indigenous activists criticized the authorities’ search efforts late Monday, in part because it appeared that they had still not used a helicopter, which could be crucial in finding the men in such a vast and remote area. The army also initially said late Monday that it had not received authorization to dispatch a search team, before announcing it would do so just after 7:30 p.m. local time.

“A crucial day passed and the Brazilian authorities didn’t make any helicopters available to try to find Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips,” Eliane Brum, a prominent Brazilian journalist and author, said on Twitter.

The navy said it would use a helicopter in its search on Tuesday. A spokesman said that the army had only speedboats in the area and that it would take time to get a helicopter from roughly 700 miles away in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas.

Data from a satellite communication device showed that Mr. Phillips and Mr. Pereira had stopped along the Itaquaí River for a planned meeting at 6 a.m. Sunday, Univaja said. They were last seen on their boat downstream from that spot. They should have arrived in the small city of Atalaia do Norte at 8 a.m. but did not.

The area is a maze of waterways, and it can be easy to get lost there, though Univaja noted that Mr. Pereira “has profound knowledge of the region.” The men were traveling in a new boat with a 40-horsepower motor and 70 liters of gasoline, which was enough for the journey, Univaja said.

Mr. Phillips has lived in Brazil since 2007, reporting for a number of newspapers, including The New York Times, for which he wrote about two dozen stories in 2017. In recent years, he has been a regular contributor to The Guardian. Through the 1990s, he wrote and edited for Mixmag, a British magazine about electronic dance music, where he coined the term “progressive house” to describe a genre of music, according to the magazine.

In a second act of his career, Mr. Phillips fell in love with Brazil, and especially with reporting on isolated regions of the Amazon and the conflict there.


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