TIME magazine names Jamal Khashoggi and persecuted journalists “person of the year”.

TIME Magazine issued four different covers with the faces of journalists who have been killed or targeted for their work. This year title goes to the “guardians and the war on truth.”

 

Those featured include Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered by officials in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Those named also included the journalists killed in the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Maryland in June, two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar after investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims and Maria Ressa, a journalist in the Philippines facing tax evasion charges that she has called “political harassment”.

Last year, the magazine named “the Silence Breakers” – women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – as its “Person of the Year”.

This year’s readers’ poll chose Korean pop band BTS as their winner, with Planet Earth coming second.

The magazine’s tradition – begun in 1927 as “Man of the Year” – recognises the person who “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

Former CNN journalist Maria Ressa is recognised for her open and critical reporting of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte which saw her banned from entering the presidential offices and having her reporting licence revoked.

 

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