Kristof Clerix (°1978) is an investigative journalist for the Belgian magazine MO*.
Clerix has been working as a journalist since 2002. After two years freelancing for the Belgian daily De Morgen, he joined the team of MO*. He has written substantially on security topics such as international police cooperation, secret services, NATO, EU defense policy, drug smuggling, human trafficking, illegal arms dealing, nuclear proliferation, city gangs, energy and pipelines, geopolitics, frozen conflicts and the War on Terror. His favourite topic is espionage: over the past years Clerix has written over 150 articles on intelligence.
For MO*, Clerix mainly covers the region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. As a journalist, he has reported from countries such as Albania, Armenia, the Baltic States, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Morocco, the disputed region Nagorno Karabakh, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, the disputed region Transnistria and Ukraine.
In 2006, Clerix wrote the book Vrij Spel, on the activities of foreign secret services operating in Belgium, host country to the NATO headquarters and European institutions. His latest book, Spionage. Doelwit: Brussel, on Cold War espionage was published in September 2013. His personal website on espionage in the heart of Europe: www.targetbrussels.be.
In 2005, Clerix won the Investigative Journalism Award for Young Journalists handed out by the VVOJ, the Flemish Dutch Association for Investigative Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded the European Young Journalist Award for Belgium, a prize by the European Commission. In 2015 he won the Belfius Press Prize.
Clerix is member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). He joined the investigations LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks and Evicted&Abandoned.