Students from UP Diliman College of Mass Communication (CMC) stage a protest Jan. 18 to condemn what they say are Duterte’s attacks on the press. (Photo by Keith Magcaling/Tinig ng Plaridel)

Teachers and students from UP CMC light candles “to keep the flame of a free press alive,” amid attacks on the media. (Photo Ally Sanga/Tinig ng Plaridel)

Ateneo de Manila University students come together Jan. 19 denouncing the Duterte administration’s attack on the press. (Photo by Luz Rimban)

Ateneo de Manila University students come together Jan. 19 denouncing the Duterte administration’s attack on the press. They burn a photo of Duterte holding a rifle gun. (Photo by Keith Magcaling/Tinig ng Plaridel)

A student tapes her mouth to signify the silencing of the Duterte administration on free speech. (Photo by Keith Magcaling/Tinig ng Plaridel)

Students wear black to join the “Black Friday” protest. Organizers say the call to defend press freedom extends to other news organizations harassed by the administration. (Photo by Keith Magcaling/Tinig ng Plaridel)

Bulatlat writer Ronalyn Olea condemns threats to journalists who tell the truth, when they are merely doing their jobs. (Photo by Arianne Christian Tapao)

Lawyer and radio commentator Mel Sta. Maria urges people to “keep making noise at every opportunity,” saying all three branches of government have joined forces to take away people’s rights. (Photo by Arianne Christian Tapao)

Director Joel Lamangan expresses dismay as he points out the fight in the martial law era remains the same today. (Photo by Arianne Christian Tapao)

Leftist groups join the Black Friday protest echoing the same call to defend press freedom. (Photo by Arianne Christian Tapao)

PHOTOS: Press freedom advocates unite against media attacks

Clad in black, around 350 journalists, students and advocates joined the “Black Friday Protest for Freedom” Jan. 19 in Quezon City in a show of force to defend press freedom.

The protest comes days after the Securities and Exchange Commission in a Jan. 11 decision revoked social news network Rappler’s certificate of incorporation for its “deceptive scheme” to skirt foreign ownership restrictions in mass media. (See VERA FILES FACT SHEET: SEC revocation of Rappler’s registration explained)

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines in a statement called the move as “but one of many threats Duterte has made against media critical of him and his governance.” (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte seesaws with the media)

Protesters denounced the “attacks on press freedom,” likening President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to President Ferdinand Marcos’ during martial law.

Ateneo de Manila University earlier in the day, and the University of the Philippines yesterday staged their own protest actions with the same call.

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