Laurent Richard is a French award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer. Richard has directed investigative documentaries for 20 years, and co-founded the French investigative television program Cash Investigation. Richard has reported from Iraq several times and has done investigations into the corporate sector, such as the Big Tobacco or the pharmaceutical sector. His documentary My President Is on a Business Trip was awarded the best investigative documentary of 2016 at the FIGRA. Richard was a Knight-Wallace Fellow ’17 at the University of Michigan and in 2018 was named European Journalist of the Year by the Prix Europa in Berlin.
Richard founded Forbidden Stories, a network of investigative journalists devoted to keeping stories alive. This consortium of journalists is continuing the work of threatened, jailed, assassinated journalists with the collaboration of more than 30 news organizations, including Le Monde, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Their first project was The Daphne Project. Forbidden Stories was awarded the European Press Prize in 2018.