family of Dom Phillips spoke of their grief over in murder of British journalist and indigenous activist Bruno Pereira colleagues said menx work will be an inspiration to others.
In a statement released on on behalf of of Phillips’ sister Sian, his brother Gareth, their partners and children, family expressed gratitude to those who Participated in in 10 day search.
Reporter Brazil news and investigations website, with with whom Philips collaborated, denigrated out vertex of its title page. “Mourning,” it said. “Reporter Brasil continues to investigate violence against traditional people in in the countryside as well as against all who protect you,” the message said.
Phillips, 57, and Pereira, 41, are missing on June 5th at the end of short trip down ithacai river in west of Brazil.
Pereira accompanied Phillips. on reporting trip for book on sustainability development in Amazon but their boat is not arrive scheduled in Atalaya do Norte, close to the border with Brazil with Peru.
Late at the briefing on On Wednesday, Regional Police Chief Eduardo Fontes announced what one of two men arrested in connection with confessed to the couple’s disappearance killing them.
The Phillips siblings said in their statement, who were especially grateful for in leading efforts of indigenous people at a time when local authorities were widely believed to be taking an apathetic approach to men’s disappearances.
With reference to two men’s partners, Alessandra and Beatrice. family wrote: “We are heartbroken in confirmation that Dom and Bruno were killed, and we express our deepest condolences to Alessandra, Beatriz and other Brazilian family members of both men. We are grateful to all those who took part in search, especially indigenous groups who worked tirelessly to find evidence of in attack”.
Statement went on: “Over time we will offer our point of view on courageous lives and important work of these wonderful men but for moment, we ask that the representatives of in media allow in family a little peace to deal with privately with what happened to their beloved House.
“We thank many people who have joined us in urging the authorities to intensify the search for those who reached out with wards of consolation and sympathy.”
Suspect who admitted to participating in in murder of Phillips and Pereira informed the police. on Tuesday of in location of body and he joined investigators to get them on Wednesday.
locationan area known as Lago do Preguiça, is 1 hour 40 minutes by boat from the river town. of Atalaia do Norte and another 3 km walk into the dense forest.
Phillips’ wife Alessandra Sampaio issued a statement. on Wednesday evening in what did she say of her relief that the bodies had been found after an agonizing week and half.
“This tragic outcome ended the suffering of not knowing the whereabouts of Dom and Bruno,” she wrote.
“Now we can bring them home and say goodbye with love. Today we also begin our quest for justice. I hope that research will exhaust all possibilities and provide definitive answers. on all relevant details like soon as possible”.
Pereira’s wife, Beatrice Matos, tweeted: “Now that Bruno’s spirits wander in forest and spread among us, our strength is much greater.”
Guardian-in editor Chief Katherine Viner said she was “deeply saddened”.
“Dom was an outstanding reporter and a long time correspondent for The Guardian,” she said. “His bold and humane journalism has done so much to make stories of Brazil and Latin America to global audience, through pages of Guardian and others news organizations.
“Bruno Pereira was a famous defender. of rights of native people of brazil peoples and fully committed traditional peoples of Amazon. We at The Guardian are very sorry to hear this heartbreaking news and all our thoughts with Relatives and friends of Dom and Bruno.
Jonathan Watts, The Guardian global environment editor, said he hopes that these two men’s life will be an inspiration to those who take care of the Amazon.
“It horror story it will cool anyone who journalist, anyone who cares about the Amazon, about the indigenous people about our planetary life support systems,” Watts said. “But I hope it inspires rather than scares off editors and reporters, so even more Attention on stories that the House cared about.
“I really hope that work The started house can be continued and supplemented. And this for i would be the only one way it might turn out to be something good out of something so monstrous.”
Pat Venditti, Executive Director director of Greenpeace UK praised Phillips and Pereira as “bold, passionate and determined”. men”.
In his statement, he said, men “were killed while performing their vital work of shining light on daily threats peoples in Brazil face how they protect their land and their rights.”
Venditti accused far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of of granting “a political and moral license for predatory activity in and around indigenous lands.”
“Greatest tribute we can pay Bruno and Dom now to continue our vital work bye all of Brazil peoples and their forests are fully protected,” Greenpeace said. official added.