About Us

 

The Project

 

Forbidden Stories is a non-profit project founded by Freedom Voices Network. We are a network of journalists whose mission is to continue and publish the work of other journalists facing threats, prison, or murder.

Our goal is to keep their stories alive and to make sure a maximum number of people have access to uncensored news on such crucial topics as the environment, health, human rights, or corruption.

By protecting and continuing the work of reporters who can no longer investigate, we can send a powerful signal to enemies of the press: even if you succeed in stopping a single messenger, you will not stop the message.

In March 2018, Forbidden Stories received the “Journalism Project of the Year Grand Prize” at the French Annual Journalism Summit (journalisme.com).

Our inspiration

41 years ago, reporter Don Bolles was killed in a car explosion in Phoenix, USA. His murder left his investigation on land fraud unfinished. 38 journalists from 28 newspapers and television stations from all over the United States decided to work together to complete the work of Don Bolles. This collaboration should inspire us today.

 

The Freedom Voices Network Team

 

Freedom Voices Network is a non-profit investigative newsroom. It initiated the “Forbidden Stories” project.

Laurent Richard

Founder and executive director

Freedom Voices Network is led by Laurent Richard, French award-winning investigative journalist and 2017 Knight-Wallace fellow. He is co-founder of the highly reputed inquiry magazine “Cash Investigation” broadcast on French public television.
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Photo Jules Giraudat

Jules Giraudat

Deputy editor

Jules is a French investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker.
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Arthur Bouvart

Journalist

Arthur is a French investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker.
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Rémi Labed

Journalist
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Rémi is a French investigative journalist.
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Boris Jamet-Fournier

Director of Strategy and Outreach

Boris is a digital strategy, media and public affairs professional with experience leading change on both sides of the Atlantic and a strong commitment to openness and transparency.
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Board of Directors

 

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Bastian Obermayer

Bastien Obermayer is a 2017 Pulitzer prize winner, the deputy head of the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s biggest newspaper and member of the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
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Edouard Perrin

Edouard Perrin is a French investigative reporter. In 2014, He brought to the ICIJ the Luxembourg Leaks investigation, based on secret documents, that revealed widespread aggressive tax avoidance by some of the world’s biggest companies.
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Our Network

 

Forbidden Stories is in the process of building a worldwide network of journalists committed to continuing the work of threatened, jailed or killed fellow reporters.

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Advisory Committee

 

The advisory committee of Forbidden Stories consists of experienced international investigative journalists and media organization managers.

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Our Supporters

 

Forbidden Stories is a non-profit project which relies on charitable foundations and on financial support from the public.

Learn more about our supporters and our editorial independence policy

 

They helped us make Forbidden Stories happen

 

We particularly thank the following IT researchers from BountyFactory.io who helped us secure our project: