Laurent Richard

Laurent Richard

Founder and executive director

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Laurent is a French award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer, and founder of Forbidden Stories, a network of investigative journalists devoted to keeping stories alive. Richard has directed documentaries for 20 years.

Laurent Richard was a Knight-Wallace Fellow in 2017 at the University of Michigan and was named European Journalist of the year 2018 by the Prix Europa in Berlin.

As a filmmaker, Richard directed more than 20 long form stories for television and 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…

His documentary “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.

Laurent Richard is the co-author of the book “Reporting Is Not a Crime. Stand Together Against Censorship,” a collective work of 15 journalists denouncing pressures against the press published in 2016.