Time has selected “The Guardians” — a group of imprisoned and killed journalists — as the magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2018.
Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October, will appear on one of four Time “Person of the Year” covers.
Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists named as 2018’s @TIME Person of the Year
Staff of Maryland’s Capital Gazette
Reuters journalists Wa Lone & Kyaw Soe Oo who were detained in Myanmar
Maria Ressa, CEO of news outlet in the Philippines targeted by Duterte pic.twitter.com/26986D7cjw
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) December 11, 2018
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were sentenced to seven years in prison in September for reporting on the military-backed killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, are also recipients of the prize. Further, The Capital Gazette, the Maryland newspaper where four reporters and a sales associate were killed in a July mass shooting, was also bestowed the annual award.
Lastly, Rappler, an online Philippines-based news website which is the target of a “campaign of legal harassment” for its critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte, will share the honor.
The shortlist for this year’s “Person of the Year” award included President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, special counsel Robert Mueller, Christine Blasey Ford, and families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In 2017, the magazine selected the “Silence Breakers,” a group of individuals who came forward to shed light on sexual misconduct in the United States. The cover featured pop megastar Taylor Swift, actress Ashley Judd, ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler, and lobbyist Adama Iwu. President Donald Trump was named runner-up for the prize.