Journalist Dom Phillips (center) talks to two Indigenous men in Aldeia Maloca Papiú, Brazil, on November 16, 2019. (AFP/Joao Laet)

#FindDomAndBruno: Brazil should scale up their search for freelance journalist

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CPJ is alarmed by reports of an insufficient response by Brazilian authorities to the disappearance of freelance British reporter Dom Phillips and Indigenous issues expert Bruno Pereira, who went missing during a reporting trip in the Indigenous territory of the Amazon’s Javari Valley. “It is imperative that officials immediately scale up their search and investigation into [their] disappearance,” said CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna.

In Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakır, police Wednesday raided the newsroom of the pro-Kurdish website Jin News, confiscated computer hard drives, and detained the outlet’s manager and editor after raiding their homes and confiscating their phones and equipment. Diyarbakır police also detained at least seven other journalists around the city the same day. These arbitrary detentions mark “another dark day for the press in the country,” says Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator.

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Global press freedom updates 

  • Two Reuters journalists injured, driver killed in Ukraine
  • Russian authorities fine Vecherniye Vedomosti newspaper, threaten news website over Ukraine war coverage
  • At least five independent Belarusian journalists face trials, years in jail
  • Police charge ZimLive editor Mduduzi Mathuthu with insulting the president 
  • Three DRC journalists get death threats for posts about conflict in the country’s east
  • Ethiopia detains journalists Bekalu Alamrew and Meaza Mohammed in ongoing media crackdown
  • Proposed amendment to Mozambique’s anti-terror law threatens press freedom
  • Kashmir Walla interim editor Yashraj Sharma summoned for questioning by Jammu and Kashmir authorities. Separately in the Indian-administered territory, police harass Caravan journalist Shahid Tantray
  • Iraqi authorities threaten charges against journalists Saadoun Daman and Sarmad al-Taei, seek al-Taei’s arrest
  • São Paulo residents threaten photojournalist Caio Castor, try to enter residence
  • Turkish journalist Dille Müftüoğlu held for three days


From left to right: CPJ board member and former Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler; CPJ President Jodie Ginsberg; President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Alberto Ibargüen; and CPJ Board Chair Kathleen Carroll gather at the grand opening of CPJ’s headquarters on June 7, 2022. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

On Tuesday evening, CPJ held the grand opening of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center, the site of our global headquarters in New York City. We are excited to serve as a convening hub for press freedom advocacy. The new space also houses the Reuters Photojournalism Gallery, a rotating exhibition of Reuters news photography. CPJ is deeply thankful to the incredible generosity of the Knight Foundation, Reuters, and many others who made our new home possible.

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