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Lessons learned 40 years after the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines


(CMFR/IFEX) - Sept. 21, 2012 - What were the lessons learned by the Philippine press as a result of Martial Law, or did it learn anything at all? As we commemorate the 40th year since Martial Law was imposed on Sept. 21, 1972, here's our special page on Martial Law and the press.

CMFR's executive officers, Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Luis V. Teodoro, and Vergel O. Santos, relive their memories and share their thoughts about the Philippine press before, during and after that period.

In addition, we posted a timeline of press freedom from the declaration of Martial Law in 1972 up to 1981, when former President Ferdinand Marcos formally lifted Martial Law, to the eventual ouster of the Marcos dictatorship after People Power 1 in 1986.

We also put in one Scribd collection our stories and reports, mostly from PJR Reports and the Philippine Journalism Review, on the Martial Law and the media.

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