Brazil’s news landscape isn’t easy to crack — especially when it comes to socio-environmental news. Because some of the largest news vehicles are locked behind paywalls and the majority of the content is only available in Portuguese, finding reliable information about Brazil can be complicated.
To help you find reliable sources to navigate the Brazilian news maze, we profile five journalists that are closely following the new government’s every move.
Working for Estado de São Paulo, one of Brazil’s biggest newspapers, Girardi reports on climate change and environmental issues. During 2014-15 she was a fellow in the Knight Science Journalism Program at the MIT, arguably the most prestigious science journalism program in the world.
Girardi is an experienced journalist with some impressive scoops under her belt. In 2017, she obtained an exclusive interview with the key witness in an environmental corruption scandal involving the current Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles. More recently, she had exclusive access to research showing that the Amazon cities where Bolsonaro obtained more votes are also those with higher deforestation rates.
Five years ago, Elaíze Farias and Kátia Brasil founded Amazônia Real, an independent journalism website. Since then, Amazônia Real has become one of the most reliable sources of information about the Amazon region. Their work has recently been recognized through a King of Spain award.
In a recent piece, Farias discussed the challenges that journalism in the Amazon will face in 2019:
We need to let go of metrics that sometimes don’t fit reality. It’s difficult for some journalists to understand that the well-being of many Amazon populations (especially those that are not in urban areas) goes beyond economic satisfaction based on occidental parameters
Eliane Brum is not only Brazil’s most awarded journalist — she’s also one of the leading voices against the devastation of the Amazon forest and the people that live in it. In her widely-read column in El País Brasil she regularly analyzes Brazil’s political situation through a socio-environmental lens. Since Bolsonaro took office she’s been warning her readers about the veiled strategies used by the new government to open protected indigenous land to agribusiness.
After 30 years working as a journalist for some of the most important media outlets in Brazil, Maurício Tuffani decided to go solo in 2016. Starting on a shoestring, he launched Direto da Ciência, a one-man operation aimed at covering the backstage of science environmental policy. Today, almost three years later, the website has grown to incorporate another reporter and Direto da Ciência has gained a reputation for high-quality journalism that keeps a close eye on the government.
With almost 15 years online, O Eco is one of the oldest environmental news websites in Brazil. Daniele Bragança is an assistant editor and reporter at O Eco, where she covers a diverse range of topics that include environmental policy. In a recent interview she highlighted the need to get environmental news beyond the usual suspects.