By Euronews with AFP • Updated: 07/07/2021 - 07:22
Dutch transgression newsman Peter R de Vries successful 2019 - Copyright BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP
A Dutch transgression newsman who had been the people of decease threats was changeable and severely injured successful Amsterdam connected Tuesday evening.
Peter R de Vries, widely-known and praised for his investigative enactment connected the Dutch transgression underworld, was changeable successful the superior arsenic helium near a tv workplace wherever helium had appeared arsenic a guest.
Police said 3 radical were arrested - 2 successful a car connected a motorway and 1 successful Amsterdam.
According to Amsterdam's constabulary chief, 1 of those arrested is “probably” the suspected shooter. He didn’t springiness further accusation connected the arrests oregon a imaginable motive for the crime.
Dutch caretaker premier curate Mark Rutte said the shooting was “shocking and inconceivable”.
“It is an onslaught connected a courageous writer and truthful an onslaught connected the state of the property which is truthful indispensable for our ideology and our regularisation of law," helium told a quality conference.
Fighting for his life
The 64-year-old writer and TV presenter is “fighting to enactment alive” according to Femke Halsema, the politician of Amsterdam.
De Vries is well-known successful the state for his relation successful respective transgression cases, having regularly appeared arsenic a spokesperson for victims oregon successful the adjacent ellipse of cardinal witnesses.
He has received a fig of decease threats during his career.
Witnesses connected Tuesday heard 5 gunshots and saw that the writer had been changeable successful the head, nationalist tv NOS reported.
The caretaker premier curate and Justice and Security Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus went to the National Security and Counter-Terrorism Agency (NCTV) successful The Hague successful the evening to "discuss" the case.
"This is simply a acheronian day, not lone for the radical adjacent to Peter R. de Vries but besides for the state of the press," Grapperhaus told journalists.
"We privation journalists successful the Netherlands to beryllium capable to transportation retired immoderate probe that needs to beryllium carried retired successful freedom. This state has been earnestly undermined tonight," helium added.
"Journalists successful the European Union indispensable beryllium capable to analyse transgression and corruption without fearing for their safety," said the EU typical of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a US-based property state organisation.
The latest Reporters Without Borders property state scale puts the Netherlands successful sixth spot retired of 180 countries successful 2021, down Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Costa Rica.