WHY DOES THE BBC REPORT ONE KILLING BUT NOT AN EPIDEMIC?

The BBC published an article today about a man killed by indigenous people widely known as the 'Mashco-Piro' living in the Peruvian Amazon who have no regular, sustained contact with other people. That is very sad news, but choosing to run an article about what is almost one isolated killing rather than the other things going on is desperately distorting. What about the threats to the ‘Mashco-Piro’ posed by oil and gas companies, loggers, narco-traffickers and Christian missionaries? What about the deaths of four ‘Nanti’ children confirmed last week? The ‘Nanti’ live to the west of the ‘Mashco-Piro’ in what Peruvian law calls ‘initial contact’ - many have died over the last 25 years following increasing contact mainly resulting from the Camisea gas project. Aren’t these kinds of deaths dramatic enough for the BBC? And who wrote the nonsense photo caption claiming the ‘Mashco-Piro’ hadn't ever been 'spotted by outsiders before August 2011’? Do some research, please.  (05-05-2015)

David Hill