Authorities in Bahrain have released a dissident blogger
, just one day after arresting him at his home. Mahmoud al-Youssef was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, as part of a nationwide campaign against opposition activists and protesters. The 50-year-old al-Youssef, who blogs in English, has long criticized the Bahrain regime for restricting freedom of expression, and has been an outspoken advocate for political reform. On Thursday evening, he confirmed to the AP that he'd been released after a brief detainment, without providing further details.