Our 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”.


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. Cecilia was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Lorenzo Bagnoli was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Carlo Bonini was part of the Daphne Project.

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, EUobserver and Greenpeace among many. She trains data journalism internationally. Crina Boros was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Christian Brönnimann was part as well of the Daphne Project.

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.

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. Matteo Civillini was part of the Daphne Project.

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. She was a reporter and coordinator for OCCRP on the Daphne Project.

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. Juliette Garside was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Stephen Grey was part of the Daphne Project.

Francesco Guarascio (Reuters)

Francesco Guarascio is a correspondent for Reuters in Brussels where he covers European Union affairs. Francesco Guarascio was part of the 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. Nicky Hager was part of the Daphne Project.

Lena Kampf (WDR)

Lena Kampf is an investigative reporter based in Brussels, Belgium and Berlin, Germany, where she works for a joint investigative unit of the public broadcasters WDR and NDR television and the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Lena Kampf was part of the Daphne Project.

Stephanie Kirchgaessner (The Guardian)

Stephanie Kirchgaessner is the Guardian’s Rome correspondent. She formerly worked at the Financial Times in Washington, London, and New York. Stephanie Kirchgaessner was part of the Daphne Project.

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.” Nicholas Kulish was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Friedrich Lindenberg was part of the Daphne Project.

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. She was part of the Daphne Project.

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…
She joined the Daphne Project in 2018.

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. Mauritius Much was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Hannes Munzinger was part of the Daphne Project.

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Bastian Obermayer (Süddeutsche Zeitung – director 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. He was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Miranda Patrucic was part of the Daphne Project.

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. He was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Paul Radu was part of the Daphne Project.

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. He was part of the Daphne Project.

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. He was part of the Daphne Project.

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”. Holger Stark was part of the Daphne Project.

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. Drew Sullivan was part of the Daphne 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. He was part of the Daphne Project.

Benoît Vitkine (Le Monde)

Benoit Vitkine is a French journalist, working at Le Monde since 2006. He focuses on Russia and Eastern European countries. He was part of the Daphne Project.

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. He was part of the Daphne Project.

Fritz Zimmermann (Die Zeit)

Fritz Zimmermann works within the investigative unit of the German weekly Die Zeit. He is based in Berlin. He was part of the Daphne Project.