Minister denies claims of fraudulent thesis
15 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Deputy Prime Minister Freya Van den Bossche has angrily denied she fraudulently obtained her Master's degree.
15 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Deputy Prime Minister Freya Van den Bossche has angrily denied she fraudulently obtained her Master's degree.
"I wrote my thesis myself and I can also prove that," the Socialist SP.A minister said.
Van den Bossche had ignored for months insinuations in the newspaper column 'Bladspiegel' (Newspaper Mirror), but has now decided to publicly respond.
"I did not want to begrudge the author by falling for his satirical trap. "Now [magazine] 'Knack' makes news of it and I must react," she told newspaper 'De Morgen' on Thursday.
Columnist Koen Meulenaere has repeatedly questioned whether Van den Bossche wrote the paper called 'Where does disclosure journalism end and sensationalism journalism start?'
The case study of the Flemish daily and weekly newspapers focused on the media coverage of sideline issues around the Marc Dutroux affair. It served to give Van den Bossche a Master's in communication sciences.
But Knack placed the thesis on its weblog this week, questioning readers to decide whether a 22-year-old left-wing student, who was a new mother and thus had other worries instead of academic issues, had actually written the document.
The minister is now gathering newspaper cutouts, personal notes and texts of the thesis to prove that she was the real author of the document.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news