Time magazine has chosen a group of journalist called “The Guardian” who have been targeted by as a result of the nature of their work.
There are over 262 jailed journalist in 2017. At a time when government officials from the united states to the philippines, to Saudi Arabia dismissing critical, real reporting tagging them “fake news,”
The magazine profiles selected individual who have been victimized for their efforts on what Time calls “the War on Truth.”
The Guardian includes;
The Saudi Arabian, the Washington Post contributor who was murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul Turkey in October 2018.. This is the first time that a Person of the Year is a deceased person.
The CIA has concluded with “high confidence” that Bin Salman ordered his brutal killing.
However, The Presidential of America President Donald Trump has seemingly dismissed the appraisal from CIA, saying: “It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”
Also among The Guardian are
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo,
They are Reuters reporters who were arrested last year in Myanmar while they were reporting stories on how the Rohingya Muslim minority were being killed. They are still incarcerated,but their wives images were used instead.
The Guardian includes the journalists who were assassinated at the Capital Gazette, the Annapolis, Maryland. Namely John McNamera, Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and Wendi Winters by a gunman last June. The assailant who had sued the newspaper and lost after it reported on his guilty plea in a criminal harassment case killed the journalists in a “coordinated attack.”
Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of Rappler
The former CNN bureau chief started founded an online site called “Rappler” in 2012 and has reported critically on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Maria was indicted last month on tax evasion charges a case that free speech and civil liberties advocates have warned is part of a wider crackdown on dissent by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
“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 for speaking out, the Guardians” are the Person of the Year, Time editor Ed Felsenthal wrote.
Felsenthal unveiled the covers on the “Today” show on Tuesday.
“As we looked at the choices, it became clear that the manipulation and abuse of truth is really the common thread in so many of this year’s major stories.” he said.
Time editor, Felsenthal discussed the killing of Khashoggi and the reasons for the selections.
“This is the first time we’ve chosen someone no longer alive as Person of the Year, but it’s also very rare that a person’s influence grows so immensely in death,” Felsenthal said. “His murder has prompted a global reassessment of the Saudi crown prince and a really long overdue look at the devastating war in Yemen.”
Karl Vick, the author of the Time’s cover story about “The Guardians,” wrote that “this ought to be a time when democracy leaps forward, an informed citizenry being essential to self-government. Instead, it’s in retreat.” And “the story of this assault on truth is, somewhat paradoxically, one of the hardest to tell.”