Behind the scenes of The Cartel Project

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Go behind the scenes of the Cartel Project with four journalists of this historic collaboration: Jorge Carrasco (Proceso), Dana Priest (Washington Post), Amrai Coen (Die Zeit) and François Ruchti (RTS).

Published two months ago, The Cartel Project coordinated by Forbidden Stories gave unprecedented visibility to assassinated Mexican journalist Regina Martínez’s investigative work.

Including all of the media organizations that shared our work, stories were published in 20 countries and appeared on the front pages of the world’s most widely read newspapers.

32 million
readers, listeners and viewers worldwide

(based on the combined daily audiences of our media partners)

Martínez’s killers wanted to silence her stories, but those stories eventually traveled well beyond Mexico!

After eight years of impunity, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador committed to reopening Martínez’s murder case if he could find a legal basis for doing so.


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They support us

Maria Ressa

2021 Nobel Peace Prize

“All they want in killing a journalist, or in attacking a journalist, is to stop the story.”

Can Dündar

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.”

Khadija Ismayilova

Azerbajani investigative journalist

“What you are suggesting is creating a newsroom for journalists who have no press freedom. You will get fantastic stories.

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Maltese journalist, son of slain reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia

“We couldn’t allow our mother’s stories to die with her. They were too important. For them to be forgotten would have been like killing her twice.

Fabrice Arfi

Mediapart‘s head of investigations

The finest project of investigative journalism, in solidarity against censorship.

Sandhya Ravishankar

Indian journalist

“Now I know that Forbidden Stories will always have my back.”

Bastian Obermayer

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.”

Marina Walker

Executive editor at Pulitzer Center

“By working together, journalists can make it harder for censorship to win. We’re proud to support Forbidden Stories.”