What was life like for a journalist during Martial Law? How did the years under Marcos dictatorship change the state of the press in the Philippines? 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, CMFR’s executive officers—Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Luis V. Teodoro, and Vergel O. Santos, all veteran journalists who lived during those dark years—relive their memories and share their thoughts about the Philippine press before, during and after that period.

Banner photos: Ferdinand Marcos (http://marcospresidentialcenter.com), the nuns (Foundation for Worldwide People Power, and the crowd (Filipinas Heritage Library).