Dutch crime reporter De Vries dies after being shot

Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. De Vries has died just over a week after being shot in the street, his family and his employer RTL Netherlands news said on Thursday.

Jul 7, 2021: Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries was fighting for his life after being shot and wounded in a gun attack in the center of Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.

De Vries, who was 64, had been a frequent commentator on television crime programmes and a veteran reporter with sources in both law enforcement and the underworld.

The attack on a busy Amsterdam street prompted outrage across Europe read more , and on Thursday Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte vowed to track down whoever was behind the shooting of a man he described as a determined and fearless reporter.

De Vries had received threats from the criminal underworld in the past in connection with several cases.

“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, the network who employed De Vries as crime reporter.

“He lived true to his motto: ‘On bended knee is no way to be free’,” his family said.

RTL Netherlands said: “Peter’s influence is stronger than any act of hate. We will continue to speak freely about abuses and injustice in society, just as he has done his whole life.”

In his tribute on Twitter, Rutte said: “We owe it to Peter R. de Vries to make sure justice is served. We cannot and will not ever tolerate this in the Netherlands. This act of cowardice can’t go unpunished.”

Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said before the announcement of De Vries’ death on Thursday that an investigation would examine whether the government had provided the reporter with proper security.


Published by amongthefray

News with a historical perspective. Fighting against misinformation, hate, and revisionist history.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this: