A British journalist has disappeared in one of the farthest corners of the Amazon just days after his guide received threats, according to reports.
Dom Phillips, an employee of The Guardian in Brazilwent missing with a local expert.
The pair were last seen over the weekend in the Javari region of the state of Amazonas – near the border with Peru.
According to The Guardian, the reporter traveled with Bruno Araujo Pereira – a former government official whose job it was to protect Brazil’s non-contact tribes.
The newspaper said Mr Pereira had received a number of threats from lumberjacks and miners in the region.
On Monday, local country leaders sounded the alarm after the couple disappeared during a reporting mission in the network of rivers around the city of Atalaia do Norte, the entry point into the Javari reserve.
The indigenous group Univaja said the men were taken by boat last week to a region known as the Lago do Jaburu.
They arrived on Friday, and according to reports, their return trip to Atalaia do Norte began on Sunday morning.
The river trip should have lasted no more than a few hours – and a search was sent out at about 2pm after they did not arrive.
The local police and army are thought to be involved in the search.
A Guardian News & Media spokesman said: “The Guardian is very concerned and is urgently seeking information on Mr Phillips’ whereabouts and condition.
“We are in contact with the British Embassy in Brazil and local and national authorities to try to establish the facts as soon as possible.”
Mr Phillips has reported on Brazil for more than 15 years for newspapers including The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Financial Times.
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