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Greenpeace vs. Asia Pulp & Paper spat now overtly political

John Sauven: Huge threat to your national security, obviously

Regular readers, patient with my painful prose, will note I have not blogged on Asia Pulp & Paper for a while.

Their relentless greenwashing, steered by the inept buffed fingernails of the intellectual pygmies at Cohn & Wolfe, was becoming, well, dull to report on weekly.

Now though, dear readers, it really is worth updating you. Here’s a really simple timeline of some recent events in and around Indonesia, home of APP, and the questions they raise:

May 2011: Campaign launches against Mattel for having APP products in the supply chain.

This results in protests from radical groups against GP in Indonesia. Questions are raised about GP’s registration and funding. None are proven to have a basis in fact.

September 2011: GP greets journalists from conservative publications (WSJ, The Australian etc) on recent press tour arranged by APP. Greenpeace activists hand out information packs to journalists in Jakarta on APP’s practices.

Greenpeace ramps up US, New Zealand and Australian campaign against APP paper products and purchasing companies. Anonymous online attacks against GP tracked by media back to APP subsidiary in Australia.

September 2011: Visa given for John Sauven’s (head of GP UK) visit to Indonesia by Indonesian Government.

September 2011: Next day articles in Indonesia media claim Sauven will be refused entry

October 2011: Sauven refused entry to Indonesia and deported.

The campaign continues. But has become now overtly political.

How did media know that a visa had been granted?

Who decided to deport the head of Greenpeace when he landed, despite a visa having been granted?

How are companies that Greenpeace campaigns against in Indonesia involved, as they surely must be?

Who is trying to deport Greenpeace campaigner Andy Tait with dodgy documentation?

All important questions. As yet answers are not publicly known.

No doubt the facts will surely come to light at some point. They always do in the end.

More on this at Brendan May’s blog.

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