The Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, out on 3 may, the international day of freedom of the press, an honorary doctorate from the oorlogsjournalist Rudi Vranckx. Also, the Russian investigative journalist Elena Milashina is distinguished with an honorary doctorate. The presentation will take place in the Bozar in Brussels.
On 3 may, Difference Day, the annual event from both universities around the freedom of expression. The journalists then get the honorary doctorate ‘because every day they risk their lives to get the truth about conflicts and political power structures brought to light’. And that while going downhill with the freedom of the press. Out of the 2019 World Press Freedom Index recently published by Reporters Without Borders, shows that in several countries more and more a climate of hatred towards the news media.
VRT news journalist Rudi Vranckx is according to the universities one of the most famous Belgian journalists. That he has more due to its unique reporting about international conflicts, which he still to the human side of the story searches.
Elena Milashina is onderzoeksjournaliste for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. She is well known for its extensive and critical articles about the violation of human rights and overheidscorruptie. Milashina has conducted research into the persecution of the LGBT community in Chechnya. In October 2009, she won the Human Rights Watch Alison Des Forges Award for extraordinary activism.
On Thursday night, 2 may, on the eve of a Difference Day to reach the VUB and the ULB also the Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression to Marcela Turati, a Mexican independent journalist who reports on the consequences of the Mexican drug war.