Protest over missing journalist, indigenous expert

STORY: Dom Phillips, a freelancer who has written for the Guardian, the Washington Post and other publications, and Bruno Pereira, a former senior official with federal indigenous agency Funai went missing in the Amazon jungle on Sunday (June 5).

Phillips' siblings, Sian and Gareth Phillips, joined protesters outside the Brazilian embassy on Thursday.

Phillips and Pereira had been on a reporting trip in the Javari Valley, a remote jungle area that is home to the world's largest number of uncontacted indigenous peoples, as well as cocaine-smuggling gangs, and illegal hunters and fishermen.

Brazil's government dispatched navy, army and federal police personnel to join a search for the pair in a vast indigenous reserve with an area larger than Austria, but local groups criticized the security forces for taking too long to deploy search teams.

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