Reasons Why TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year Are ‘The Guardians and the War on Truth’

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According to the TIME, four journalists and one newspaper are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world.

Nexter.org reports who are these people and why they deserve the right to be named ‘person of the year’ in 208.

Person of the year 2018

A group of journalists whose work has landed them in jail — or cost them their lives — have been named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018.

“Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay about the selection. “This year we are recognizing four journalists and one organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment: Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.”

The magazine revealed its choice of “The Guardians and the War on Truth” on Tuesday , along with the four magazine covers featuring Khashoggi, Ressa, the Gazette staff and the wives of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

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Source: TIME

The Person of the Year title is not necessarily an honor or award, but representative of the influence the person — or idea — has had on the within the past year, for better or worse.

Who are they and what happened with these journalists?

  • Jamal Khashoggi is the Washington Post columnist murdered for his criticism of the Saudi crown prince.
  • Maria Ressa is the editor of a Philippine website renowned for its critical coverage of its president’s controversially violent policies.
  • Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are two Reuters journalists who were arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.
  • The Capital Gazette is the paper targeted by a gunman who opened fire into the newsroom, killing four journalists and a sales assistant.

TIME selected the group “for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and speaking out.”

The magazine said the four individuals and the lone newspaper symbolize something bigger than themselves.

“They are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world — as of Dec. 10, at least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018 — who risk all to tell the story of our time,” Felsenthal wrote in his essay.

Last year, TIME chose a group of people called “The Silence Breakers”, who represents the anti-harassment #MeToo movement.


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