PUBLIC ACCESS TO INDONESIAN PLANTATION DATA STILL MIRED IN BUREAUCRACY
A year after the Supreme Court decision to uphold a freedom-of-information order, the Indonesian government continues to stall on releasing data on plantations operating in the country. The government’s rationale for not complying with the order is its obligation to generate revenue from the release of this data; the lack of a payment mechanism is the obstacle in releasing the information to the public. Lack of public access to this information contributes to the increasing number of land conflicts in plantation areas in recent years. Withholding this information enables land-grabbing, when companies lay claim to community land. For the full story, see: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/03/public-access-to-indonesian-plantation-data-still-mired-in-bureaucracy/.