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Military Official Photographs Computer Screen and Journalist From Agência Pública after Interrogation

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  • The journalist had asked the Military General about his clarifications regarding criticisms and accusations made over the microphone by indigenous leaders of the Vale do Javari.
  • The photographs were taken from behind the journalist's back, when he was following and transcribing the speeches of parliamentarians at the headquarters of Univaja.
  • Agência Pública asked questions about the incident to the communication department of the Military Command, which did not respond as of publication.

Atalaia do Norte (AM) — Moments after Agência Pública asked General Marcius (he did not give his full name) uncomfortable questions during a meeting between members of the National Congress and indigenous people in Atalaia do Norte (AM), a member of the military photographed the screen of the personal computer of the Agência Pública journalist. Earlier, the journalist had asked the general about his clarification of criticisms and denunciations made over the microphone by indigenous leaders of the Javari Valley.


The Army General was asked about criticism from Indigenous people. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública, 2022.

The photographs were taken from behind the journalist's back as he was following and transcribing the speeches of the members of parliament at the headquarters of Univaja, the main indigenous organization in the Javari Valley. The senators and congressmen were representing two external commissions, from the House and Senate, created to investigate the murder of the indigenous activist Bruno Pereira and the journalist Dom Phillips, and the absence of the State in the Javari region.

When the journalist found out that he was being photographed, he approached the author of the pictures, a soldier who had part of his identification covered by the camera's support strap. It was possible to see only "Amon-H[…]".


The soldier who invaded the Agência Pública journalist's privacy from behind had Amon-H identification. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública, 2022.

The dialogue followed in the hallway of Univaja, which was recorded on video by Agência Pública:

Journalist - You are photographing my screen, why?

Military man - Sir?

Journalist - Why are you photographing my screen? Who ordered you to? Did you receive authorization from anyone?