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Media Roundtable: Dom Phillips & Bruno Pereira were killed for exposing attacks on the Amazon & Brazil's Indigenous people

On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we're discussing the tragic killing of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira.

Dom Phillips, who was working on a book called How to Save the Amazon, wrote extensively about Brazil's uncontacted Indigenous tribes, Indigenous people uniting to protect their land, the exploitation of the Amazon by loggers, ranchers, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, evidence linking Brazil meat giant JBS to Amazon deforestation, and more.

Bruno Pereira faced regular threats for helping Indigenous communities organize and monitor their land, according to the Guardian. He also ran workshops with communities under threat.


Jill Langlois, independent journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil

Web Resources:

The Guardian: There is a war on nature. Dom Phillips was killed trying to warn you about it

Coda: Brazil’s Congress fast-tracks plans to mine Indigenous land for potassium, blaming Russia sanctions

Mongabay: Deaths of Phillips and Pereira shine light on a region of the Amazon beset by violence

The Guardian: Bruno Pereira: the dedicated defender of Indigenous rights missing in Brazil

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.