February 27, 2021

Bolsonaro warns of false deforestation data to harm Brazil

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, warned on Thursday about the dissemination of false data on deforestation in the Amazon, apparently in bad faith by public officials with political interests, with the intention of harming both Brazil and its Government.

"A news of these causes a great damage to Brazil. It seems that it was not the fault of the press but of someone inside the INPE (National Institute for Space Research, an organ that measures the deforestation of the Amazon). It seems that they disclosed these data bad faith to harm the government and wear down the image of Brazil, "said the far-right leader.

The alert was made at a press conference in which the Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, released a study according to which the latest information on deforestation in the Amazon announced by the INPE contains serious measurement errors by including areas that had already been devastated months ago or areas that were counted twice for image overlays.

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