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Philippine agents arrest journalist critical of president

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Maria Ressa, an executive of online news platform Rappler, leaves the Rappler office after being served an arrest warrant in Pasig City, Philippines on Wednesday. -
Eloisa Lopez
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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities have arrested the head of an online news site that has criticized the president's policies.

Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine last year as one of its Persons of the Year, was arrested over a libel complaint which Amnesty International has condemned as "brazenly politically motivated." President Rodrigo Duterte's government says it was a normal step in response to a private complaint.

Rappler Inc., the news site which Ressa heads, says National Bureau of Investigation agents served the warrant Wednesday afternoon and she was escorted to NBI headquarters.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Ressa was indicted more than a week ago.

Rappler is one of several news agencies deemed critical of Duterte's policies, including his anti-drug campaign that has left thousands of suspects dead.