O An investigative journalist from the Netherlands, who earlier this month was shot several times on a street in Amsterdam did not resist his injuries. The news of the death of Peter R. De Vries was advanced by RTL, the station with which the journalist collaborated.
Citing a statement from the journalist’s family, RTL reports that “Peter [R. De Vries] fought to the end but failed to win the battle“.
“He died, surrounded by those who love him. We are incredibly proud of him and, at the same time, heartbroken“, reveals the station quoting the family.
The attack on 64-year-old Peter R. De Vries took place on the 6th at close range on the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat in the center of Amsterdam, after making one of his regular appearances on a television programme.
Dutch police reported at the time that they were looking for a thin, Caucasian man wearing a dark green camouflage coat and a black cap. However, it is known that two suspects were detained after the shooting that hit the journalist.
Peter R. De Vries was a well-known journalist in the Netherlands for his investigations into crimes and organized crime issues, having previously served as an informant in media cases in the Netherlands, such as the Marengo case, which involves murders and drug trafficking.
When it became known that he was blacklisted by drug dealer and Dutch mob leader Ridouan Taghi (who is on the run) in 2019, Peter R. De Vries was protected by police after receiving death threats.
At the time of the shooting, in a joint statement, the International Federation and the European Federation of Journalists (FIJ/FEJ) denounced “a new tragic blow to press freedom in Europe”.
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