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Duterte's Media Critic Freed on Bail After Detention in Manila

  • Maria Ressa says will face charges and will ‘hold the line’
  • Journalist’s arrest drew condemnation from human rights groups
Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa

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Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, head of online media company Rappler Inc. that’s been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, was released on bail about noon on Thursday after an overnight detention for a libel case.

A Manila court ordered Ressa’s release after she posted a 100,000-peso ($1,916) bail, Rappler reported. State investigators held Ressa after a night court refused to accept bail and grant her temporary freedom citing lack of jurisdiction on the case. The journalist was arrested in her office at past 5 p.m. local time when day courts were closed.