Murdered Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi named TIME Person of the Year


Time on Tuesday presented its "Person of the Year" honor to a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar's government, as the magazine warned the ideal of truth as critical to democracy is under assault.

Mr Khashoggi never re-emerged after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on 2 October after he went to pick up papers he needed to get married.

The recipients are four reporters and one news organization who have faced serious repercussions, including jail time and death, for holding peope in power to account - Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Kyaw Soe Oo, Wa Lone and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.

It said they have taken "great risks in pursuit of greater truths".

A Central Intelligence Agency report concluded with "high confidence" that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's death, according to the Washington Post.

The magazine also considered the students who organized the March for Our Lives to demand strict gun control in the U.S., Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and families separated at the U.S. -Mexico border by the Trump administration, as 2018's Person of the Year, before settling on the journalists.

Under the headline "The Guardians and the War on Truth", Khashoggi appears as one of the four magazine front covers that recognise journalists targeted for their work.

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President Trump had previously claimed that he thought he should be named Person of the Year.

"The clear flaws in this case raise serious concerns about rule of law and judicial independence in Myanmar", the US Embassy said a statement then, calling the verdict a "major setback" in expanding democracy in the country. The victor will appear on the cover of January's issue and will be chosen on the background of its influence in the passing year. "In its highest forms, influence - the measure that has for nine decades been the focus of TIME's Person of the Year - derives from courage". She was recently charged with tax fraud, with many in the Philippines seeing that as a reaction to Rappler's reporting.

Magazine's four covers which include Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Ressa is the founder and editor of Rappler, a Philippine news site, which has reported "fearlessly" on President Rodrigo Duterte's regime.

His selection marked the first time the magazine had named someone Person of the Year posthumously in the feature's 91-year history.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned for almost a year in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.