Hundreds of people held demonstration in the US city of New York in support of news media, amid stepped up attacks on the press by President Donald Trump.

Protesters gathered outside the office of New York Times in midtown Manhattan, some with bandages across their mouths and carrying placards citing the US Constitution guarantee of a free press.              

The demonstrators later went to nearby offices of Fox News and NBC News.  

White House on Friday barred journalists from seven news organizations, including the New York Times and CNN, from attending an off-camera briefing in press secretary's office.          

That was followed Trump's frontal attack on media, in a speech to an annual conservative convention in which he called the media as "enemy of people."

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