Forbidden Stories has received many prestigious prizes. They confirm the quality and the impact of its investigations, as well as the adherence to its mission, encouraging us to continue to keep stories alive.


Defending and promoting freedom of information, international NGO Reporters Without Borders awards annually its press freedom prizes to “journalists or media that have made a notable contribution to the defence or promotion of freedom of the press in the world”. Results.


Organized by the European Parliament, this prize is a tribute to Maltese anti-corruption investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed in a car bomb attack in 2017. Results.


DIG, Watchdog Award (2021) – For the Pegasus Project
An Italian network supporting and training investigative reporters, DIG runs the international DIG awards that « supports journalism that reflects the act of “digging” deeper. » Results.


Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, Honorary Award for Freedom and Democracy (2021) – For Forbidden Stories
This award is presented by the Berlin-based Human Rights Film Festival. Results.


Founded in 1938, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes given by Columbia Journalism School are the oldest international awards in journalism. It recognizes “journalists and news organizations with a distinguished body of work that has contributed to Inter­-American understanding.” Results.


This award celebrates the best investigative journalism carried out by teams collaborating across borders in European Union member states and EU candidate countries. Results.


Long Island University gives out the prestigious George Polk Awards annually since 1949, focusing on “the intrepid, bold, and influential work of the reporters themselves,” placing a premium “on investigative work that is original, resourceful, and thought-provoking.” These awards memorialize George Polk, a CBS correspondent who was killed while covering the Greek civil war. Results.


Lorenzo Natali Media Prize (2020) – For the Green Blood project, by Cécile Schilis-Gallego and Marion Guégan
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize rewards journalists and their media for their work in promoting sustainable development and democracy by giving a voice to those whose vital message is often overlooked or ignored. Results.


European Press Prize, Special Award (2019)
By rewarding, facilitating and educating journalists, the European Press Prize highlights the importance of quality media and supports journalists in their endeavour to contribute to independent and critical journalism. Its key missions are aligning journalists and creating a community that recognises and strives for quality. Results.


Grand Prix of Journalism of the Year, at Assises Internationales du Journalisme (2018)
Every year, the Assises Internationales du Journalisme brings together researchers, media managers and journalists in order to define the conditions for producing quality information. This prize is awarded to the journalist and/or editorial staff who have best embodied the practice of journalism and its values during the past year. Results.


Prix Europa, Outstanding Achievement Award : European Journalist of the Year (2018) – For Laurent Richard, Forbidden Stories’ founder




Fetisov Journalism Award, shortlisted in the “Excellence in environmental journalism” category (2020) – For the Green Blood project, by Cécile Schilis-Gallego and Marion Guégan
The mission of Fetisov Journalism Awards is to promote universal human values such as honesty, justice, courage and nobility through the example of outstanding journalists from all over the world, as their commitment contribute to changing the world for the better. Results.


Online Journalism Award, finalist of the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Small Newsroom (2018) – For the Daphne Project
The Online Journalism Awards are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world. Results.


Forbidden Films

Prix Europa, Best European TV Documentary Series of the Year (2020) – For the Green Blood project, by Arthur Bouvart and Jules Giraudat
Founded in 1987 by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Cultural Foundation, it has since then grown into a most influential pan European broadcasting festival. Open debate and its democratic adjudication system are its fundamental pillars. Results.


Prix Albert Londres, shortlisted twice (2018 and 2020) for the audiovisual prize – By Arthur Bouvart and Jules Giraudat
This prize is the highest French journalism award. Created in 1932, it is considered as the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in France. Results 2021, 2020, and 2018.


Laurent Richard

Laurent Richard was designated 2018 "European journalist of the year", by Prix Europa. Credit: Oliver Wolff