This newsletter was originally sent on August 8, 2019.
Journalists from throughout the Amazon gathered this month in Manaus, Brazil, for the first convening of the Rainforest Journalism Fund, a global initiative administered by the Pulitzer Center. Among the topics discussed: the rights of women and Indigenous peoples, threats to biodiversity, cybersecurity, and the challenges of ensuring the safety of journalists and the people they cover. The journalists were joined for a joint session and dinner by 40 scientists and 15 Explorers from the National Geographic Society. Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer reflects on the importance of the convening, at a critical moment for Brazil and the world.
Adam Willis and Eloisa Lopez
The Catholic Church is one of the few institutions left in the Philippines that can resist President Rodrigo Duterte’s extrajudicial drug war, which has left some 20,000 dead. Reporting in a Pulitzer Center-supported story for The Guardian, Adam Willis and Eloisa Lopez profile the Catholic activists fighting to protect the victims of Duterte’s campaign of terror.
Amna Nawaz and Mike Fritz
Over four million people have fled economic and political turmoil in Venezuela, with many finding refuge in Brazil. The new Bolsonaro government continues to provide a haven for Venezuelan refugees, but without any clear path to stability in Venezuela, how long will the border remain open? Amna Nawaz and Mike Fritz report a Pulitzer Center-supported story for PBS NewsHour.