Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists Named Time Person of the Year

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Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. — AP

NEW YORK — Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country’s Istanbul consulate, was on December 11 named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” alongside several other journalists.

Time magazine named a group of journalists as its person of the year for 2018 on Tuesday, honoring their dedicated pursuit of the truth despite a war on facts and tremendous obstacles, including violence and imprisonment.

Besides Mr. Khashoggi, the honorees include the staff of the Capital Gazette newspapers in Maryland, where five people were shot dead in June; Maria Ressa, the founder of Rappler, a news start-up under attack by the authoritarian president of the Philippines; and U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar after reporting the massacre of Muslim men, according to NYT report.

Time magazine published covers honoring each of the recipients, who were collectively called “the guardians of truth.”

Time magazine’s person of the year started in 1927 and recognizes “the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world – for better or for worse – during the past year”. It is decided by the magazine’s editors.

 

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