A TOP crime reporter is fighting for life after being shot in a suspected revenge hit.
Award-winning Dutch journalist Peter R de Vries is thought to have been targeted by mobsters he had exposed.
The 64-year-old was shot in the head in a street near a large public square in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening after a TV studio appearance nearby.
He was critically ill in intensive care last night.
Police arrested two suspects, a Pole, 35, and a 21-year-old Dutchman, after a motorway chase.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said: “Peter R. de Vries is for all of us a national hero, an unusually courageous journalist, tirelessly seeking justice.
“Today, justice in our country appears a long way off. A brutal, cowardly crime has been committed.”
Dutch justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus fought back tears as he vowed to bring the criminals to justice – and warned the mafia was becoming “more violent and unscrupulous”.
He added: “We are dealing with completely unhinged people who, among other things, set up torture chambers.”