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A volunteer works to put out a forest fire in Quitunuquina, on the outskirts of Robore, Bolivia, on August 24, 2019. Bolivia’s forest fires have exposed the numerous risks faced by environmental reporters. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia’s forest fires expose risks for environmental reporters

When Pablo Ortiz, a veteran reporter for El Deber, the main daily in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, set off to cover massive forest fires, he didn’t realize how dangerous the assignment would be.

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An area smolders in the Alvorada da Amazonia region in Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019. Brazilian journalist Adecio Piran was threatened on August 28 after reporting on fires in the region. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazilian journalist Adecio Piran threatened after reporting on fires in Amazon

Rio de Janeiro, August 30, 2019–Brazilian authorities must thoroughly investigate threats against reporter Adecio Piran, hold those responsible to account, and ensure the reporter’s safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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