Ricardo Gutiérrez

Ricardo Gutiérrez is the General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, EFJ, the largest organisation of journalists in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists across 45 countries.

A former journalist for the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir, he is senior lecturer at Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB. He is a member of the Belgian Press Council CDJ and of the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation ETUC. He has conducted training for journalists on hate speech, ethical journalism and reporting on ethnicity and religion. He is also a member of the board of experts of the Justice For Journalists Foundation and is a member of the jury of the Fetisov Journalism Awards. You can catch a glimpse into his interests (i.e. journalism and media freedom) by following him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Molenews1) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RicardoGutierrezVe).

Hanna Liubakova

Hanna Liubakova is a journalist and analyst from Belarus.

Hanna is a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. She has written about the latest developments in Belarus for The Washington Post, The Economist, Deutsche Welle, and other international outlets. She started her career at the only independent Belarusian channel Belsat TV, now banned by the regime in Minsk. Liubakova reported in four languages from various countries and regions, including Belgium, the UK, Poland, and Chechnya. She is currently writing a book about Belarus.

Liubakova is widely recognised as one of Belarus’s leading voices of the free press. Her coverage of the protests against the authoritarian regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka garnered significant attention. She was forced to flee Belarus and later learned she was on the regime’s wanted list. Despite this, she has continued to report on the people’s resistance, which has become even more crucial amid the Belarusian regime’s participation in the war against Ukraine.

Liubakova won the 2023 One Young World Journalist of the Year Award. In 2021, she was a European Press Prize finalist. In 2019, she was the first fellow from Belarus chosen to participate in the World Press Institute Fellowship in the US.

Hanna holds an MA with distinction in International Journalism from Brunel University London, where she won the Peter Caws Prize for best postgraduate dissertation in 2017. She also received the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in 2014.

Stavros Malichudis

Stavros is a reporter and editor at We Are Solomon.

Stavros is a reporter and editor. He has worked for the Agence France-Presse and inside story, and has participated in cross-border investigations with Lighthouse Reports and Investigate Europe. He’s a member of Reporters United. His reports have been published in European media. He was shortlisted for the European Press Prize ‘21 and won the IJ4EU Impact Award ‘22. In 2019 he was selected as a fellow for BIRN’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence (BFJE). He has been trained in data journalism at Columbia University in New York on a fellowship.

Apostolis Fotiadis

Apostolis Fotiadis is a researcher and investigative journalist.

Apostolis covers EU policy issues including developments in population movement, security and defence, privacy and big data policies. In the past, he has co-operated with many international media outlets and organisations. He has authored numerous reports, published two books on EU migration and border control policies and has been a member of numerous cross-border investigations. He currently co-operates with investigative outlet Solomon and also works as a freelance researcher.

Eleni Stamatoukou

Eleni Stamatoukou is a Communications Manager and a data journalist based in Athens, Greece.

Eleni joined BIRN Hub in 2021 as a Communications Manager. She is a data journalist based in Athens, Greece. She has worked for Greek and foreign media and the NGO SolidarityNow. Eleni has covered a big range of issues: migration, refugee crisis, corruption, LGBTI and human rights, politics, business, sports, environment, health and culture.
Eleni is a Fellow of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Columbia Journalism School 2019.
Eleni has a BA in Balkan Studies from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MA in Social Anthropology (Europe) from Sussex University, United Kingdom.
She speaks Greek, English, Turkish and Serbian.

Alison Killing

Alison Killing is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and licensed architect specialising in open source and visual investigations.

Alison Killing is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and licensed architect specialising in open source and visual investigations. She worked in architecture and urban planning practices in London and Rotterdam for several years, before starting her own studio, Killing Architects. Since then she has produced and curated an exhibition on death and architecture called Death in Venice, carried out research into the reconstruction in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and developed Migration Trail, a mapped data visualisation about migration to Europe.

In 2021 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, together with Megha Rajagopalan and Christo Buschek for a series of articles exposing the network of detention camps in Xinjiang, China. This work used satellite imagery and architectural expertise, as well as interviews with two dozen former detainees, to identify and investigate this vast new infrastructure.

Laurent Richard

Laurent Richard is a journalist, executive producer of investigative documentaries, founder and executive director of Forbidden Stories.

Laurent is a French award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer, and founder of Forbidden Stories, a global network of journalists whose mission is to pursue the investigations of reporters who have been murdered, jailed or threatened. Richard has directed documentaries for 20 years; he was a Knight-Wallace Fellow in 2017 at the University of Michigan and he was also named European Journalist of the year 2018 by the Prix Europa in Berlin.

Since its creation, Forbidden Stories has won numerous awards including the prestigious “European Press Prize”, two Georges Polk Awards or the “Reporters Without Borders Impact Award” for the “Pegasus Project” published in 2021.

Documentary producer, Laurent Richard has produced, among others, the series “Green Blood” which won the Europa Award for the best European documentary series in 2020 and is currently producing several documentaries for PBS Frontline, BBC and Arte.

To further protect journalists, Laurent Richard has created the Safebox Network, a unique tool that allows the most threatened journalists to protect their ongoing investigations and to let those who would silence them know that they are no longer alone. The launch of Forbidden Stories’ Safebox Network was announced at the 2022 World Press Freedom Day conference in Uruguay. Since then, more than 50 journalists around the world have already protected their investigations using the Safebox Network.

Sandrine Rigaud

Sandrine Rigaud is a French investigative journalist.

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. Her films have been shortlisted or awarded in multiple festivals, including DIG, Europa, Fipadoc, FIGRA, SeoulEco. She has reported from Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Qatar and Bangladesh.

In 2008, she co-wrote a book on the war of the socialist tenors in France. Of Egyptian origin, she grew up in the Middle East where she still travels regularly.

Neda Noraie-Kia

Neda Noraie-Kia is Head of Migration Policy Europe, Heinrich Böll Stiftung – Office Thessaloniki, Greece.

Neda Noraie-Kia earned her Bachelor degree in Social Sciences and her Master of Arts in International Relations and Development Policy. Between 2015 and 2020 she worked as a researcher and head of office for the spokesperson for migration policy of the Green Group in the German federal parliament (Bundestag). Prior to that she served as advisor to the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) with a focus on peace and conflict resolution and good governance, inter allia in a regional program in the Middle East between 2011 and 2015.

Michael Montgomery

Michael Montgomery is a senior audio producer, reporter and editor at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.  

Michael has led collaborations with the Associated Press, Frontline and the BBC, among many other news organizations.

Previously, he was a senior reporter with American Public Media and a producer at CBS news.  He began his career in eastern Europe where he covered the fall of communism and wars in former Yugoslavia. His reporting on human rights violations in Kosovo led to multiple criminal prosecutions and sparked the creation of a special war crimes chamber in The Hague. In 2022 his reporting on forced labor in the Dominican sugar industry led the United States to block imports from the country’s top producer.

Montgomery’s honors include Peabody, DuPont, Murrow, Third Coast, IRE and Overseas Press Club awards.  He is a longtime member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.