Our partners network
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. If a journalist is silenced in any part of the world, Forbidden Stories will be able to activate its network to take over her/his work and collaborate to continue and get her/his stories out.
We aim to expand this network in every country where independent media are censored. Together, we send a strong message to enemies of the free press: “Even if you succeed in stopping a single messenger, dozens will take their place and deliver the message”.
- Belgium : Kristof Clerix (Knack), Francesco Guarascio (Reuters), Joël Matriche (Le Soir), Lena Kampf (WDR).
- Bosnia : Friedrich Lindenberg (OCCRP), Miranda Patrucic (OCCRP), Drew Sullivan (OCCRP).
- China : Michael Standaert (Freelance).
- France : Jean-Baptiste Chastand (Le Monde), Abdelhak El Idrissi (Radio France), Anne Michel (Le Monde), Sylvain Tronchet (Radio France), Benoît Vitkine (Le Monde).
- Georgia : Jody McPhillips (OCCRP).
- Germany : Mauritius Much (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Hannes Munzinger (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Frederik Obermaier (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Bastian Obermayer (Süddeutsche Zeitung – Director of Forbidden Stories), Achim Pollmeier (WDR), Andreas Spinrath (WDR), Holger Stark (Die Zeit), Benedikt Strunz (NDR), Fritz Zimmermann (Die Zeit).
- Hungary : András Pethő (Direkt36).
- Israel : Amitai Ziv (Haaretz).
- Italy : Cecilia Anesi (IRPI), Lorenzo Bagnoli (IRPI), Carlo Bonini (La Repubblica), Matteo Civillini (IRPI), Stephanie Kirchgaessner (The Guardian), Giulio Rubino (IRPI).
- Malta : Jacob Borg (Times of Malta).
- Mexico : Verónica Espinosa (Proceso), Jacobo García (El País), Frédéric Saliba (Le Monde), Lilia Saul (OCCRP), Mathieu Tourliere (Proceso).
- Netherlands : Wil Thijssen (De Volkskrant).
- New Zealand : Nicky Hager (Freelance).
- Romania : Paul Radu (OCCRP).
- Slovenia : Anuška Delić (OCCRP).
- Spain : Antonio Baquero (OCCRP).
- Sweden : Tigran Feiler (SVT), Fredrik Laurin (SVT), Axel Gordh Humlesjö (SVT), Ola Westerberg (freelance).
- Switzerland : Christian Brönnimann (Tamedia), François Ruchti (RTS), Oliver Zihlmann (Tamedia).
- United Kingdom : Crina Boros (Freelance), Nina Lakhani (The Guardian), Juliette Garside (The Guardian), Stephen Grey (Reuters).
- United States : Nicholas Kulish (The New York Times), Dana Priest (Washington Post).
Cecilia Anesi (IRPI)
Cecilia Anesi is a reporter and co-founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), member of the GIJN and the OCCRP networks. She co-authored the documentary on illicit waste trafficking in Europe, ‘Toxic Europe’, which won the Best International Organised Crime Report Award in 2011. Cecilia works in a team that focuses its investigations on Italian mafia clans and their transnational ties, drug trafficking, corporate and financial scams as well as environmental issues. Her work is published in Italy and abroad.
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Lorenzo Bagnoli (IRPI)
Lorenzo Bagnoli is an Italian journalist, board member of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI). He focuses on transnational organised crime, corruption and migration. He contributed with several Italian newspapers and magazines. With IRPI, he also collaborates with OCCRP.
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Antonio Baquero (OCCRP)
Based in Barcelona, Antonio Baquero is an investigative editor of OCCRP, covering Europe and beyond. Before that, he made his professional career at El Periódico Catalunya, where he served as a correspondent in North Africa, specializing in migration, as well as a war reporter in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He received the King of Spain Prize for Journalism — known as the Latin Pulitzer — for an investigation into the wrongful imprisonment of a Spaniard in Italy that led to the man’s release.
Carlo Bonini (La Repubblica)
Carlo Bonini is senior investigative correspondent for La Repubblica, which he joined in 2001. In his career he covered some of the more significant stories in Italy on white collar crimes, corruption in politics, national security, terrorism, achieving several jurnalistic prizes. On the international spectrum, he covered the 9/11 in New York and the war in Iraq (2003), the CIA extraordinary renditions in the so called War on Terror and he also deeply investigated the birth of the “new Russia” of Vladimir Putin. He is the author of several books and documentaries.
Jacob Borg (Times of Malta)
Jacob Borg is a maltese journalist focusing on political scandals, corruption and money laundering. He has worked on SwissLeaks, the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. Jacob joined the Forbidden Stories network following the death of fellow Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia. He is currently based in Malta, where he grew up, and works at the country’s leading newspaper and online portal, Times of Malta.
Crina Boros (Freelance)
Crina Boros is a London-based, award-winning, freelance journalist specialised in data-driven investigations. Interested in government accountability and social injustice, she is a member of the Investigate Europe consortium and has reported for Reuters, the BBC, openDemocracy, EU observer and Greenpeace among many. She trains data journalism internationally.
Christian Brönnimann (Tamedia)
Christian Brönnimann is a Swiss investigative reporter for Tamedia (Tages-Anzeiger, SonntagsZeitung, among others). He first worked on Swiss politics and then developed a deeper interest in international business, financial crime and corruption. He was part of the ICIJ-projects Paradise Papers and Panama Papers.
Jean-Baptiste Chastand (Le Monde)
Jean-Baptiste Chastand is a French reporter working on Europe for Le Monde’s international desk. He participated in the ICIJ investigations on the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, which among others revealed several scandals of tax evasion and money laundering in Malta. He then joined the Daphne Project to continue the investigations of the murdered journalist.
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Matteo Civillini (IRPI)
Matteo Civillini is an Italian investigative journalist. He is currently a reporter at IRPI, and has worked for international outlets including Associated Press and VICE News. His investigations mainly focus on the intersection between organized crime and illicit finance. His work appears in major Italian publications including L’Espresso, La Repubblica and Il Fatto Quotidiano.
Kristof Clerix (Knack)
Kristof Clerix is a Belgian journalist and works for the weekly news magazine Knack. He specializes in international muckracking and security related topics. Clerix wrote two books about secret services and has reported from over 40 countries. As a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) since 2013, he collaborated in eight ICIJ projects, from Lux Leaks to the FinCEN Files. He has also joined forces with OCCRP and Bellingcat. Clerix won several national and international media awards.
Anuška Delić (OCCRP)
Anuška Delić is an investigative and data journalist working with the OCCRP. She founded Oštro — an investigative journalism center focusing on the Adriatic Region. Delić is a member of ICIJ, and has worked on Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. In 2015 she founded The MEPs Project where journalists of the EU are seeking disclosure of records on how Members of the European Parliament spend their professional allowances.
Abdelhak El Idrissi (Radio France)
Abdelhak El Idrissi is a journalist at the Investigation Unit of Radio France. Specialized on issues of tax fraud and evasion, he has worked on ICIJ projects: Paradise papers, Implant Files, FinCen Files. And outside ICIJ, at the Dubai Papers.
Verónica Espinosa (Proceso)
Verónica Espinosa is Proceso’s correspondent in Guanajuato and in Central Mexican states since 1997. She publishes on politics, corruption, human rights, drug trafficking and the environment. She is part of a collective for the freedom of speech and the defense of journalistic work in Guanajuato.
Tigran Feiler (SVT)
Tigran Feiler is Latin America correspondent for Swedish National Television (SVT). He has been based in Bogotá, Buenos Aires and Mexico City and has reported extensively on issues such as armed conflicts, migration and protest movements.
Jacobo García (El País)
Jacobo García has been covering the American continent for almost 20 years. He was a correspondent for El Mundo for Latin America, a correspondent for The Associated Press (AP) in Colombia and Venezuela, and is currently part of the El País delegation in Mexico. In recent years it has covered more than 30 elections throughout the continent, two coups d’état (Honduras and Venezuela) and countless natural disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti. He has published in Clarin in Argentina, El Universal in Mexico or CNN.
Juliette Garside (The Guardian)
Juliette Garside is an investigative reporter at the Guardian. A business writer by training, she specializes in tax and offshore issues, most recently in the Paradise Papers. She led the Guardian’s reporting team on the Panama Papers, the Pulitzer Prize winning international collaboration headed by the ICIJ. Her scoop on the financial affairs of David Cameron’s family forced him to become the first British prime minister to publish his tax returns. Her work was awarded Investigation of the Year at the British Journalism Awards in 2017 and 2016.
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Stephen Grey (Reuters)
Stephen Grey is a London-based writer and reporter, working as a correspondent on a special projects team of the Reuters news agency. He is best known for his exclusive revelations on the CIA’s program of “extraordinary rendition”. He has covered the subject of national security in its many forms, including terrorism, the work of security agencies, as well military conflict, including in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. For Reuters, he is part of a team that aims to cover subjects that have been insufficiently explored in depth. Daphne Project
Nicky Hager (Freelance)
Nicky Hager works in New Zealand as an author and investigative journalist. He has written seven books about politics, intelligence, public relations and war. The most recent book, in 2017, Hit and Run, was the story of children and other innocents killed and injured in an ill-conceived New Zealand SAS raid on two Afghan villages.
Axel Gordh Humlesjö (SVT)
Axel Gordh Humlesjö is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Swedish public broadcaster – SVT. He specializes in organized crime, corruption, digital research and cross border-reporting. In 2019 he won an Emmy for his documentary “Deceptive Diplomacy” – Cover-up by the UN about the murders of two UN experts in DR Congo. His latest project exposed massive money laundering in the Baltic states from Russia through Swedbank, Scandinavia’s largest bank.
Nicholas Kulish (The New York Times)
Nicholas Kulish is an investigative reporter covering immigration issues. His recent work has focused on the Saudi Arabian royal family, the Islamic State and U.S. Special Operations forces. Before that, he served as Berlin bureau chief and East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi. He has won the George Polk Award for military reporting for a series about Navy SEALs. He is the author of a novel, “Last One In,” and co-author of the nonfiction book “The Eternal Nazi.”
Nina Lakhani (The Guardian)
Nina Lakhani is a journalist for The Guardian. As a staff reporter at the Independent newspapers in London she won the Dario D’Angelo Prize at the Marco Luchetta Journalism Awards in 2010, as well as being shortlisted for national reporter of the year in 2009 and investigation of the year in 2012.
Fredrik Laurin (SVT)
Fredrik Laurin editor of special projects at “Uppdrag granskning” -Sweden’s main investigative program- at SVT (Sweden public television). He has three times been awarded the Stora Journalistpriset, which is Sweden’s highest journalism prize. Fredrik Laurin is also a long time ICIJ member.
Friedrich Lindenberg (OCCRP)
Friedrich Lindenberg is a coder and data journalist working on web technology for investigative reporting. He leads the data team at OCCRP Sarajevo. Previously, he was an 2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow with Code for Africa, and a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at Spiegel Online. He contributed to projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation, including a platform that keep tracks of government finance.
Joël Matriche (Le Soir)
Joël Matriche is a journalist in the investigative unit of the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir. He works on white-collar crime, bad governance, tax havens… He joined the investigation on the Panama Papers with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Football Leaks and then other investigations of the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), the BelgianArms operation with the Lighthouse reports platform.
Jody McPhillips (OCCRP)
Based in Tbilisi, Georgia, as a regional editor for OCCRP, Jody McPhillips is a former newspaper reporter and editor who has covered medicine, science, law, politics, government and social issues; she also covered Congress and national issues in the Providence Journal’s Washington bureau. She has worked at The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh and as a Knight International Journalism Fellow in the Republic of Georgia, where she founded the Caucasus Investigative Reporting Center.
Anne Michel (Le Monde)
Anne Michel is a French investigative reporter for the daily newspaper Le Monde. She has first worked on finance and regulation and transparency issues and then focused on tax havens and the global wealth hidden and accumulated there, after the 2008 financial crisis. Anne Michel was part of the major investigative projects run by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the field of finance since 2013: OffshoreLeaks, LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks, Panama Papers, Paradise Papers…
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Mauritius Much (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Mauritius Much is a German journalist based in Munich. He works for the Investigative Department of German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. He participated in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers projects, two global investigations of hundreds of journalists into the offshore businesses of the rich and powerful in tax havens.
Hannes Munzinger (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Hannes Munzinger is an investigative data journalist at the german newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich. He was part of the team that uncovered the Panama and Paradise Papers. His award-winning reporting deals with money laundering, corruption and financial crimes.
Bastian Obermayer (Süddeutsche Zeitung – General secretary of Forbidden Stories)
Bastian Obermayer is a 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, the Deputy Head of the investigative unit of Süddeutsche Zeitung, and a member of the ICIJ. He was the first person contacted by the anonymous whistleblower of the Panama Papers. With the ICIJ and 400 journalists from nearly 80 countries, he broke the story about the leak. His book about the Panama Papers, an international bestseller, has been translated in 15 languages. Obermayer previously worked on the OffshoreLeaks, LuxembourgLeaks, ChinaLeaks and SwissLeaks collaborative investigations and won numerous German and international awards.
Frederik Obermaier (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Frederik Obermaier is a book author and investigative journalist for Süddeutsche Zeitung. He is member of the ICIJ. With Bastian Obermayer, he initiated and coordinated the Panama Papers revelations and later also released the Paradise Papers. He co-authored the international bestseller on the Panama Papers. He has received numerous honors including the CNN-Award and the Henri-Nannen-Prize. He also shared joint awards, including the Pulitzer Prize 2017 for Explanatory Reporting. In 2017, Frederik Obermaier was awarded the renown Nieman-Fellowship at the University of Harvard.
Miranda Patrucic (OCCRP)
Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan’s and Montenegro’s ruling elites, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro. She collaborated with the ICIJ on several projects, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Knight International Journalism Award and the European Press Prize.
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András Pethő (Direkt36)
András Pethő is a co-founder and editor of Direkt36, a nonprofit investigative newsroom based in Budapest. Pethő started his career at Hungarian news site Origo, which he left after it had come under political pressure because of one of his stories. He also worked for the BBC World Service and was a visiting reporter at the investigative unit of The Washington Post. He won several journalism awards in Hungary and participated in a number of big international investigative projects, including the Panama Papers.
Achim Pollmeier (WDR)
After studying sociology and journalism, Achim Pollmeier has been working as freelance journalist and TV author for different newspapers and broadcasting organisations. In 2007 he joined WDR, Germany’s largest public service broadcaster, where he has been editor with different programmes. Since 2010 he works with Monitor, one of Germany’s best-known political investigative magazines on TV. Achim Pollmeier is author of numerous analytical and investigative reports and documentaries, focused mainly on domestic policies and economic subjects.
Dana Priest (The Washington Post)
Dana Priest has been a national security and investigative reporter for The Washington Post for more than 30 years. Based in Washington D.C. Priest has won two Pulitzer Prizes, an Emmy and two George Polk Awards, among other prizes. She also has written two best-selling books and is the Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Paul Radu (OCCRP)
Paul Radu is the executive director of the OCCRP, and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software and a co-founder of RISE Project. He has held a number of fellowships, including the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship and a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2015 European Press Prize. He is a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
Giulio Rubino (IRPI)
Giulio Rubino is the co-founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI). He has written for Italian publications such as Terra, Il Manifesto and Carta. In 2011, he co-authored Toxic Europe with Cecilia Anesi and the Belgian journalist Delphine Reuter, an investigative journalism documentary that won the 2011 Best International Organised Crime Report Award and was shortlisted for the Data Journalism Award 2012. He now works on transnational investigations.
François Ruchti (RTS)
François Ruchti est journaliste d’investigation pour la Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), basé à Genève. Il travaille actuellement pour le magazine d’actualité TV « Mise au point ». Journaliste d’investigation et de terrain, en Suisse comme l’étranger, ses enquêtes lui font explorer de nombreux pays du Mali, à la Côte d’Ivoire en passant par le Moyen-Orient. Parmi ses domaines d’expertise figurent les thématiques liées à la criminalité internationale et les matières premières.
Frédéric Saliba (Le Monde)
Frédéric Saliba has been the Mexican correspondent for the newspaper Le Monde for eleven years. He covers corruption cases, drug trafficking and violence against journalists in Mexico. He is the author of the book Les Mexicains, passionnels (Ed. Ateliers Henry Dougiers, Paris, 2016). He is also the author and director of documentaries. His latest film, “L’écolo contre la mafia de Mexico” (Spicee, 2016), is about the ecological crisis of the Mexican capital.
Lilia Saul (OCCRP)
Lilia Saul is a journalist in Mexico. She is currently an investigative reporter at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). She was an editor of Connectas organization and she was editor of the first Data journalism section in El Universal Newspaper. From there she managed to win the 2016 Ortega y Gasset Award for “Missing Project” and his team was a finalist by the Datajournalism Awards in the same year for the “Trusts Project”. She won National Journalism Award in 2011 for investigating corruption in Mexico’s federal police. She has been a fellow of the ICFJ, and spent a month in Propublica in 2019.
Andreas Spinrath (WDR)
Andreas Spinrath is a reporter with the investigative desk of German TV station WDR. He has reported from various countries such as Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Sudan.
Michael Standaert (Freelance)
Michael Standaert is a China based freelance journalist primarily writing for Bloomberg Industry Group, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, YaleEnvironment360, and other outlets. He’s been based in China since 2007, from Beijing, then since 2010 from Shenzhen. Standaert has worked as a journalist for over two decades, from the US, Europe and Asia.
Holger Stark (Die Zeit)
Holger Stark is head of the investigative team at Die Zeit. Before joining Die Zeit in 2017, he was Washington Bureau Chief for the magazine Der Spiegel. In 2010, he coordinated Spiegel’s coverage about the “Wikileaks-files”. Since 2013, he is working with Edward Snowden’s NSA archive. He published the revelation about the surveillance of Angela Merkel’s cell phone through the NSA. He has been awarded with the Henri-Nannen-Price in 2011, 2014 and 2018. In 2013, he has been elected as Germany’s “Journalist of the Year” together with Marcel Rosenbach. Rosenbach and Stark published : “Staatsfeind Wikileaks” and “Der NSA-Komplex”.
Benedikt Strunz (NDR)
Benedikt Strunz works as an investigative journalist for the public broadcaster NDR in Hamburg. His research focuses on organized crime and white-collar crime. He is particularly interested in money laundering and large-scale drug trafficking. Benedikt has been involved in several international investigations, including Luxemburg Leaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. His work has been awarded with the German Radio Award twice.
Drew Sullivan (OCCRP)
Drew Sullivan is the Editor and co-founder of OCCRP. He is Executive Director of the Journalism Development Network. He serves or has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Arab Reporters for Investigative Reporting and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. His teams have been awarded numerous awards including the European Press Prize and the Daniel Pearl Award.
Wil Thijssen (De Volkskrant)
Wil Thijssen is a crime reporter in The Netherlands, based in Amsterdam. She works for th Dutch national daily De Volkskrant. She covers stories on the Dutch and international drugsmarket, organized crime, human trafficking, money laundering and the justice and penitentiairy system.
Mathieu Tourliere (Proceso)
Mathieu Tourliere is a journalist based in Mexico since 2013, where he works for the weekly Proceso. Specializing in corruption, migration and social issues, he has collaborated on several ICIJ international investigations, including Panama Papers, Paradise Papers and FinCEN Files, and has taken part in the MexicoLeaks collaborative journalism project.
Sylvain Tronchet (Radio France)
Sylvain Tronchet is a journalist at the Investigative Unit of French public broadcast Radio France. He focuses on political and financial scandals, lobbying, environmental issues and tax evasion.
Ola Westerberg (freelance)
Ola Westerberg is an award-winning investigative reporter and foreign affairs editor based in Stockholm. He is a member of the ICIJ and has taken part in many cross-border investigations. His work typically overlap the domestic/foreign news barrier, with topics like corruption, terrorism, cyber security, armed conflict, human rights etc. He participated in Paradise Papers and other ICIJ projects, the Cumex Files with CORRECTIV, and has exposed several Swedish companies’ corrupt business deals. He won the Tom Renner Award from I.R.E. for his part in the Khadija Project, and the anti-corruption TRACE Award.
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Oliver Zihlmann (Tamedia)
Oliver Zihlmann, Switzerland, is one of two leaders of Tamedia Editorial Company’s joint investigation team in Switzerland. He and his team focus on data journalism projects and large investigations on subjects such as fiscal fraud, terrorism, money laundering and crime. Zihlmann helped lead the Swiss teams working on ICIJ projects including Swiss Leaks, Luxleaks and the Panama Papers.
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Amitai Ziv (Haaretz)
Amitai Ziv, Tech Journalist for Haaretz/TheMarker in Israel from 2007. Ziv covers Telecom and Tech in general but have special interest in cyber security, both offensive and defensive and uncovered some the activity of Israeli cyber weapon companies.