Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries shot on the street of Amsterdam

 


Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries has died after being shot on an Amsterdam street.

The 64-year old de Vries was well-known for his dogged pursuit of unsolved criminal cases. He had been threatened in the past by the criminal underworld.

Two men who were arrested after the July 6 shooting and remain in police custody.

"Peter fought till the end but wasn't able to win this battle. He died surrounded by the people who loved him," his family said in a statement published by RTL Netherlands.

"He lived true to his motto: On bended knee is no way to be free."

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has vowed to arrest those behind the shooting.

Also, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said more must be done to protect investigative journalists.

Dutch news agency ANP reported that after word of his death was reported, people began laying flowers at the sight of the shooting.

Global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said De Vries' death showed Europe was "failing to protect its journalists. There has been a distinct worsening since 2017," RSF spokeswoman Pauline Ades-Mevel.

In his tribute to De Vries, Rutte said: "This act of cowardice cannot go unpunished."

Additionally, Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said an investigation would be undertaken to determine whether the government might have provided the reporter with proper security.

He gained fame for his work on numerous cases, including the 1983 kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken.


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