Rudi Vranckx is honored by the VUB and ULB. He will receive an honorary doctorate awarded because he is every day of his life ventures into the war zone to “the truth about conflicts and political power structures brought to light”. Also his Russian colleague, the investigative journalist Jelena Milasjina, will receive an honorary doctorate. That the universities with this distinction is not accidental. Next Friday is world day of freedom of the press. “Vranckx is not interested in spectacular images, but in the understanding of what drives people to war,” says the VUB.