Founder, The Mining Observatory
Maurício Angelo is the founder of The Mining Observatory, the only site of investigative journalism focused on the mining sector and the implications of the two Vale/BHP/Samarco dam disruptions in Minas Gerais (2015 and 2019), the worst socioenvironmental crimes in the history of Brazil. Winner of the Excellence in Journalism Award of Inter American Press Association (2019). Angelo is also a freelancer journalist specialized in Amazon, Cerrado, indigenous people, human rights and climate crisis who publish in many media outlets in Brazil and around the world.
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