Even if they kill the messenger, they can’t kill the message.
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).
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 Forbidden stories Team
Freedom Voices Network is a non-profit who is running “Forbidden Stories”
Founder and executive director
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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Editor in chief
Sandrine is a French investigative journalist. She directed feature length documentaries for French television and investigated different corporate sectors while working at Première Lignes Télévision.
Her documentaries for the highly reputed inquiry magazine Cash Investigation (French national TV) focused on forced labour in Uzbekistan, « Big food » or plastic. Her films have been shortlisted or awarded in many festivals (DIG Awards, Europa Prize, Fipadoc, FIGRA, Seoul Eco Festival…).
For her reports, she worked on many fields such as Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Qatar or Tunisia after the Arab Spring.
Cécile Schilis-Gallego does investigative research for Forbidden Stories. She previously worked as a data journalist for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) where she contributed to international collaborative investigations such as the Implant Files, the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers.
Audrey Travère, who worked for France Inter and “Les Décodeurs” at the french newspaper Le Monde, has been an investigative journalist at Forbidden Stories since 2019. She worked on the “Green Blood” project and coordinated for Forbidden Stories “Proyecto Miroslava”.
Paloma de Dinechin
Paloma de Dinechin, a student at the Sciences Po School of Journalism, is an apprentice on the team. In 2017, she went to the state of Guerrero in Mexico for the Mexican media Tercera Vía. In 2018, her documentary « Los niños lloran » denounced police violence against indigenous people in Araucania (Señal 3 La Victoria). In august 2019, she wrote various articles in the international section of the Monde.
Aurélien Baslé is the administrative and financial officer of the Forbidden Stories and production manager.
He has worked for more than 7 years for the Capa news agency and then moved to Premières Lignes production company as documentarry production manager.
Board of directors
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 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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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.
Forbidden Stories is a non-profit project which relies on charitable foundations and on financial support from the public.
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