Amsterdam, famous Dutch investigative journalist died injured by gunshots
Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries, famous for his televised crime investigations, died nine days after being seriously injured in central Amsterdam.
De Vries, a well-known face on Dutch television, had received threats in the past for his work, which often led him to follow unsolved cases. In 2019 he said on Twitter that he had been informed by police and officials of the Ministry of Justice that he was on the “black list” of a fugitive criminal.
The journalist, who died at the age of 64, had become famous in the Netherlands for dealing with several prominent cases, including the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, the beer entrepreneur in 1983. In 2013, one of Heineken’s kidnappers was convicted of threatening de Vries.
On 6 July he was hit by five close-range shots in the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat district, injuring him in the head just minutes after participating in a television program.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has promised that whoever was responsible for de Vries’ killing will be found by the authorities. Currently there are still two people arrested on the highway shortly after the shooting and suspected of murder.
“Peter fought to the end but was unable to win this fight. He died surrounded by people who loved him, ”said his family.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen she said she was “deeply saddened by the news of the disappearance of Peter R. de Vries. I want to express my condolences to his family and loved ones ”. “Investigative journalists are essential to our democracies. We must do everything possible to protect them, ”he added on Twitter.
“His courage in exposing organized crime and shedding light on the darkest parts of our societies will always be remembered,” said the president of the European Parliament. David Sassoli after the announcement of the death of the Dutch investigative journalist, stating that “the thoughts of the whole European Parliament are with his family and friends”.