Backlight You Can't Kill the Story

Being a journalist is becoming increasingly dangerous. How can journalists arm themselves against these threats, and keep practicing their profession? More...

Documentary - Current Affairs & Politics

50'

Being a journalist is becoming increasingly dangerous. In 2023, 96 journalists worldwide had to pay for their work with death. In Gaza alone, 78 reporters and staff were killed. But journalists are not only at risk in war situations; they increasingly face physical violence, digital attacks, state terror and threats from the underworld elsewhere. How can journalists arm themselves against these threats, and keep practicing their profession?

French journalist Laurent Richard is already advocating a different approach to investigative journalism. In 2015, Richard witnessed the bloody attack on the editors of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, where he worked alongside. In response, he founded the collective Forbidden Stories with other investigative journalists. The aim: to foster cooperation between journalists worldwide so that threatened journalists can secure their information and important stories continue to see the light of day no matter what. 'Killing the journalist won't kill the story,' is the motto.

Documentary
Shuchen Tan
2024
VPRO
50'
VPRO