Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Musk brought internet to Brazil’s Amazon. Criminals love it. 


Fabiano Maisonnave’s deep sourcing allowed him to get exclusive knowledge, photos, and video of a raid by two specialized units of Brazil’s environment agency and highway police that showed illegal gold miners operating in Indigenous Yanomami territory. The raid proved that the illegal miners obtained fast internet connections through Starlink, a SpaceX company, facilitating their environmentally ruinous work with wireless transfers, coordination of supplies and advance knowledge of raids. Starlink has donated hundreds of kits for use to Indigenous communities. It turns out the miners have gotten the gear.

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