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Philippine authorities arrest Duterte critic Maria Ressa

Journalist's detention comes amid fears of deteriorating press freedom

MANILA -- Philippine authorities on Wednesday arrested veteran journalist Maria Ressa on libel charges amid concerns over President Rodrigo Duterte's clampdown on news organizations critical of his administration.

The arrest comes after the Department of Justice early this month indicted Ressa, co-founder, CEO and executive editor of online news site Rappler, for libel over a 2012 news article that authorities deemed "clearly defamatory."

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