The Brazilian Amazon is immense. It spreads across nine states, is part of the largest rainforest on the planet and is home to 25 million people. The stories are there and they go beyond the environmental, but regrettably, they often go untold.

The vastness of the region and the lack of infrastructure pose a logistical challenge, but geography is not the only problem. In the throes of dealing with a lack of funding, Brazil's national media hardly maintain a presence in the region. And news outlets based in the Amazon have a big problem with independence. Many are owned by local politicians or business figures more concerned with bottom lines than stories affecting the indigenous, non-white, population.   

We travel to Manaus to take a closer look at the stories the country's mainstream media ignore and talk to the local journalists about the challenges they face. The Listening Post's Paolo Ganino reports.

Talking us through the story are: Elvira Lobato, Journalist; Renan Albuquerque, Professor of Journalism, Federal University of Amazonas; Katia Brasil, Editor-in-chief, Amazonia Real; and Aruana Brianezi, Editor-in-chief, A Critica.

Source: Al Jazeera