JUST HOW WRONG CAN THE UK'S DAILY MAIL GET IT?

The UK’s Daily Mail published an article today about indigenous people widely known as the ‘Mashco-Piro’ living in the Peruvian Amazon who have no regular, sustained contact with other people. The Mail was right to emphasise the vulnerability of the ‘Mashco Piro’ to diseases and identify some of the threats to them - logging, narco-traffickers, tourists and Christian missionaries - but failed to acknowledge arguably the biggest threat - the Camisea gas project - and ludicrously calls them ‘lost’, ‘uncontacted’, ‘untouched by civilization’, and claims they’ve had ‘no contact with the outside world' for 600 years - to say nothing of scores of other errors. Do some research, please. When will the Mail - and British mainstream media in general - start writing about the world’s indigenous peoples in a responsible and informed manner? (23-07-2015)

David Hill