Philip Jacobson is a senior contributing editor with the environmental news site Mongabay, focusing primarily on Indonesia.
He manages staff writers, works with freelance reporters and produces his own stories.

His work has been recognized by, the Society of Environmental Journalists Awards and the Fetisov Journalism Awards.

In early 2020, he was jailed in central Borneo over his role at Mongabay.

He has traveled widely in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific.

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Philip Jacobson
United States

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The Consultant: Why did a palm oil conglomerate pay $22m to an unnamed ‘expert’ in Papua?

  • Corruption
  • Environment

MONAKWARI - This investigation examines a $22 million “consultancy fee” paid by one of the world’s largest palm oil conglomerates, the Korindo Group, in connection with the acquisition of a shell company that held permits to establish an oil palm plantation in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua.

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