targetBRUSSELS is a project by Kristof Clerix (°1978), who works as a journalist for MO*, a Belgian monthly magazine on international affairs. Clerix graduated in 2000 as a Master in German and English Linguistics and Literature at the Catholic University in Leuven. In 2001, he followed a Master-after-Master year of Conflict and Development studies at Ghent University. In 2002, Clerix completed the MediAcademy, a journalism study with classes in Utrecht, Paris and London.

Clerix has been working as a journalist in Belgium since 2002. After two years freelancing for the Belgian daily De Morgen, he joined the team of MO*. Over the years, he has specialized in reporting on security topics such as terrorism, secret services and organised crime. As a journalist, he traveled through Albania, Armenia, the Baltic States, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Nagorno Karabakh, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Transnistria and Turkey.

Through this link you can find over sixty articles on secret services that Clerix wrote for MO*.

In 2006, Clerix wrote a book on the activities of foreign secret services operating in Belgium (Vrij Spel, published by Uitgeverij Manteau). Two years later, the book was published in French (En toute impunité? Les services secrets étrangers en Belgique) by Editions Racine.

In 2005, Clerix won the Investigative Journalism Award for Young Journalists handed out by the Belgian-Dutch Association of Investigative Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded the European Young Journalist Award for Belgium, a prize by the European Commission.

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Kristof Clerix

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Espionage. Target Brussels

  • Security
  • Politics
  • International

Investigative journalist Kristof Clerix (MO*) examined the espionage files of Prague, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Sofia and Warsaw looking for the best Brussels 007 stories from the 70s and 80s. Exceptionally, Belgian State Security and Military Intelligence Service put some authentic material at Clerix’ disposal. Clerix’ new book Spionage. Doelwit Brussel (‘Espionage. Target Brussels’) is a collection of nine true stories and also includes authentic archive documents and photos.

targetBRUSSELS

  • Security
  • Politics
  • International

targetBRUSSELS gathers information on the activities of Eastern European secret services in Brussels during the Cold War. The research is based on the intelligence archives of the former German Democratic Republic, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania.