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Three suspects were arrested on Tuesday evening after the Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries was shot dead in an Amsterdam street early that evening and had the journalist fight for his life, said the Amsterdam police chief.
De Vries, a star reporter who had been threatened several times for his work on the criminal underworld, was shot five times, including once in the head, after leaving the studio of the Dutch broadcaster RTL after appearing on TV. “He was badly wounded and is fighting for his life,” said Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema in a press conference on Tuesday evening.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described the attack as “shocking and incomprehensible”. He said during the press conference that the attack was “an attack on a courageous journalist and also an attack on the free press that is so important to our democracy”.
Tom Gibson, representative of the Committee for the Protection of Journalists in the European Union, said the Dutch authorities should “determine if he has been targeted for his work and ensure that the attacker and those responsible for the attack are brought to justice “. He added: “Journalists in the EU must be able to investigate crime and corruption without having to fear for their safety.”