Our team

Laurent Richard

Founder and executive director

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.

He 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. Read more.


Sandrine Rigaud


Sandrine Rigaud is a French investigative journalist. As editor of Forbidden Stories since 2019, she coordinated the “Pegasus Project” published in July 2021 and the “Cartel Project,” a massive cross-border collaboration to finish the investigations of a murdered Mexican journalist that won a George Polk Award and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize.

Before joining Forbidden Stories, she directed feature length documentaries for French television. Read more.


Cécile Andrzejewski


Cécile Andrzejewski joined Forbidden Stories as an investigative journalist in January 2022.

As a member of the freelance collective Youpress, she has worked extensively with Mediapart, collaborated with the Investigate Europe consortium and participated in the Zero Impunity project, on sexual violence in wartime. In 2019, her book “Silence sous la blouse”, an investigation on sexual violence in French hospitals, was shortlisted for the Albert-Londres Prize.


Audrey Travere


Audrey Travère joined Forbidden Stories as an investigative journalist in 2019. After obtaining her master degree in Journalism, she worked for the French public radio station France Inter and “Les Décodeurs,” the data and investigative journalism desk at the French newspaper Le Monde.

For Forbidden Stories, she participated in the Green Blood project and coordinated the Miroslava Project. For the Cartel Project in 2020, she reported on illegal drug trafficking around the world, from Mexico to Europe and Asia, and coordinated several stories.


Phineas Rueckert


Phineas Rueckert joined Forbidden Stories as an investigative journalist in September 2020. Before joining the team, he worked as a reporter at Global Citizen in New York City, where he reported on humanitarian issues.

He holds a joint master’s degree in journalism and human rights with a focus on Latin America from Sciences Po in Paris, and his previous work has been published in AFP, News Deeply and Atlas Obscura.


Clément Le Merlus

Journalist and Safebox Network’s project officer

Clément Le Merlus joined Forbidden Stories as a journalist in 2020. He is also in charge of web editing and is the Safebox Network’s project officer.

He previously worked in New Zealand, within the New Zealand Olympic Committee communication department, and then as a journalist for the country’s largest daily newspaper, The New Zealand Herald. Graduated in investigative journalism in Sciences Po Rennes, he also reported for Libération.


Léa Peruchon


Léa Peruchon joined Forbidden Stories as an investigative journalist in September 2021.

After obtaining her master’s degree in journalism, she wrote various articles for the French regional daily “37 Degrés.” She has also collaborated with a number of press agencies, including Premières Lignes Télévision on the programme Cash Investigation and Zed Productions on a France 5 documentary about vacationers in North Africa in the 1980s. In 2021, she assisted in the production of a documentary on post-traumatic stress disorder for France 3.


Sara Guglielmi

Development manager

Sara Guglielmi has been in charge of administration, finance and fundraising for Forbidden Stories since August 2020.

She previously worked for three years as a project manager at CFI, the French agency for media development, on projects in South East Asia, Caucasus and Arab world. Then, she worked one year as a consultant at UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) on projects related to journalism education.


Antoine Cauty - Chargé de communication à Forbidden Stories

Antoine Cauty

Communications manager

Antoine Cauty joined Forbidden Stories as communications manager in March 2022.

After obtaining his master’s degree in journalism, he worked as an investigative journalist for Premières Lignes Television. He later worked as a video journalist for national and local French media stations. Before joining the team, he worked two years as the community manager for the French National Police and the Ministry of Ecology.