Time magazine has named slain Saudi Arabian writer Jamal Khashoggi as its “Person of the Year,” in a cover story headlined “The Guardians and the War on Truth.”
Khashoggi was chosen over special counsel Robert Mueller, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, who were all listed as finalists on Monday.
The Guardians—Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo—are TIME's Person of the Year 2018 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/HvoEaW5oUi pic.twitter.com/9Mr0wBTmvj
— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2018
The Washington Post journalist was killed two months ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he went there to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage.
Alongside Khashoggi, Time has honoured a series of journalists including Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who the government of Myanmar convicted on Sept. 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in a case seen as a test of democratic freedoms in Myanmar.
The magazine has also named Maria Ressa, the founder of Philippine news site Rappler that has been a frequent critic of that nation’s President Rodrigo Duterte, and the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, where a gunman shot and killed five people in June.
“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 — Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo — are Time’s Person of the Year 2018,” Time editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal said in a statement.
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