A George Polk Award for Regina Martínez and the Cartel Project
The forbidden stories of rappler.com
Behind the scenes of The Cartel Project
An Ocean of Guns: Mexico’s Journalists in the Crossfire of the International Arms Trade
Mexican cartels: “The Asian Connection”
Breaking Bad in Europe: Mexican “cooks” in service of Dutch gangs
Spying on Mexican journalists: investigating the lucrative market of cyber-surveillance
Uncovered: The buried truth of assassinated journalist Regina Martínez
Daphne Project: Three years after
HACKED: The story behind the Israeli spyware targeting Moroccan journalists
Too many stories remain untold every day
All around the world, journalists face threats, arrest, and murder.
There are stories that corporations, organized crime groups and governments don’t want to see published.
Forbidden Stories has a mission:
bypassing any form of censorship by publishing these stories.
To achieve this, we offer journalists working on a sensitive issue a secure way to backup their work with us.
In case something happens to the journalist, we will be able to pick up the investigation, complete it, and publish it broadly thanks to our collaborative network of news organizations.
By protecting and continuing the work of reporters who can no longer investigate, we can send a powerful signal to enemies of a free press: even if you succeed in stopping a single messenger, you will not stop the message.
They support us
Former editor of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet
“It will send a very clear message to oppressive governments that if they touch a journalist anywhere in the world, many others will be ready to support and follow up their story.”
Azerbajani investigative journalist
“What you are suggesting is creating a newsroom for journalists who have no press freedom. You will get fantastic stories.“
Executive editor at Pulitzer Center
“By working together, journalists can make it harder for censorship to win. We’re proud to support Freedom Voices.”
Global Investigative Journalism Network
Forbidden Stories is part of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
GIJN is the world’s leading international association of investigative reporting organizations, with 187 member organizations in 78 countries.
Mediapart‘s head of investigations
“The finest project of investigative journalism, in solidarity against censorship.“
2017 Pulitzer Prize winner
“Even if Forbidden Stories rescues just a handful of investigations that fall into a sort of limbo each time a journalist is jailed or killed, it will already be a great victory for citizens.”
Author, journalist and internationally-recognized civil liberties advocate
“Truly inspirational and innovative work.”