Founder and executive director
laurent.richard [at] freedomvoicesnetwork.org
Forbidden Stories 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.
Among others stories, Richard oversaw for Premières Lignes Television and France 2 the investigation on tax evasion in Luxembourg which afterwards became the international scandal “LuxLeaks”, thanks to documents obtained by reporter Edouard Perrin and given to 80 journalists worldwide via the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
As an investigative film maker Richard directed more than 20 long form stories for television. Richard worked on many fields such as Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir. Laurent Richard has also investigated multiple corporate sectors such as “big tobacco”, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions…
In addition to his duties as editor-in-chief, Richard keeps one foot in the field by leading, among others, investigations into dictators in the Caucasus region and Central Asia. “My President Is On A Business Trip,” a 120-minute documentary on the topic, was awarded the best investigative report at FIGRA Festival in France and was finalist for the “Albert Londres Award” which is considered as the equivalent of the Pulitzer award in France.
Laurent Richard is the co-author of the book Reporting Is Not a Crime. Stand Together Against Censorship, (Informer n’est pas un délit, ensemble contre les nouvelles censures), a collective work of 15 journalists denouncing pressures against the press published in 2016.
“For over 15 years, I have been producing long-form investigations. I covered Iraq in 2003 and 2015. I have reported from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other places where there is no freedom of the press. (…) I believe that when a journalist is willing to risk his life for one story and the free flow of information, other journalists committed to the same ideals need to help that work reach the public.”
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