Non-profit launches digital library of Marcos-era independent publications to fight historical disinformation

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In order to combat the disinformation networks that are working hard to rewrite the Philippines’ history, the non-profit organization Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument to the Heroes) has launched a digital library that features an archive of independent and alternative publications that were in circulation during the years that President Ferdinand Marcos kept the country under martial law.

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Bantayog ng mga Bayani is an organization dedicated to preserving the memory of those who fought against martial law during Marcos’ reign. It oversees a museum and library dedicated to maintaining an accurate historical record of that oppressive period in the country’s history.

“In the interest of public information and to combat disinformation, Bantayog ng mga Bayani is launching this library where Interested readers may browse, share or even download,” the organization announced on their Facebook page.

Bantayog says that their online library currently contains issues from 1980s era publications such as Philippine Signs, Signs of the Times, Veritas, Mr & Ms. Who, and is still adding more titles that will be accessible in the future.

“The press suffered much under the Marcos dictatorship, with independent newspapers shut down, television stations taken over, and journalists slain, harassed or taken to prison. However, as resistance to the dictatorship built up, more and more independent publications emerged. They provide us today a chronicle of how Filipinos lived, suffered and struggled under a dictatorship,” they wrote.

Interested readers may visit the library here.

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