National Press Club statement on missing journalist Dom Phillips

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Here is a statement from Jen JusonPresident of the National Press Club and Gil KleinPresident of the National Press Club Journalism Institute on the disturbing disappearance of veteran journalist Dom Phillips in Brazil.

“We now hoped there would be a happy resolution to the missing persons case of Dom Phillips, a frequent contributor to The Guardian newspaper and Bruno Araujo Pereira, a respected expert on indigenous affairs. The couple disappeared in the western Amazon on Sunday. Phillips should have been able to contact his colleagues and family by now. We are very concerned for his safety as well as that of Pereira. Threats have recently been made against Pereira, according to reports. Government support for research in the region has been slow to form and generally insufficient. We also find it deeply disturbing that the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is used to making anti-press statements, appeared to blame Phillips, saying “he shouldn’t have been” in the remote area where he disappeared. We urge the Brazilian government to prioritize significant resources and expedite all efforts to find these men now. Further delay can be a matter of life and death.”

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. The Club has 3,000 members, including representatives from nearly every major news agency, and is one of the leading advocates for press freedom in the United States and around the world.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes engaged global citizenship through an independent and free press and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement.

Contact: Bill McCarren202-725-7787 for the National Press Club

SOURCE National Press Club