INDONESIAN GREEN GROUPS GO TO COURT OVER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Civil society groups in Indonesia have gone to court to request information from the government on the oil palm industry operating in the country. These green groups have requested maps of lands where oil palm companies have been licensed to operate, including the names of the companies; they want to monitor for illegal activity, as the industry is infamous for operating outside of where it is licensed. The Ministry of Land and Spatial Planning maintains that disclosing the permit holder’s name, in addition to the spatial information, would be a violation of the company’s privacy. Although the courts have already twice ruled in favor of the civil society groups, the Ministry of Land and Spatial Planning has announced a second appeal to the nation’s highest court. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/01/indonesian-government-challenges-anot….