Three suspects were arrested on Tuesday night after Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries was gunned down on an Amsterdam street earlier that evening, leaving the journalist fighting for his life, the Amsterdam police chief announced.
De Vries, a star reporter who had received multiple threats over his work covering the criminal underworld, was shot five times, including once in the head, after he left Dutch broadcaster RTL’s studio after a TV appearance. “He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema said in a press conference Tuesday evening.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the attack “shocking and incomprehensible.” He said during the press conference that the attempted assassination “was an attack on a courageous journalist and also an attack on the free press that is so critical to our democracy.”
Tom Gibson, the representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists in the European Union, said the Dutch authorities should “determine if he was targeted for his work, and ensure that the attacker and the masterminds of the attack face justice.” He added: “Journalists in the EU must be able to investigate crime and corruption without fearing for their safety.”
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