Time magazine has named journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters journalists imprisoned by Myanmar’s Government, as its Person of the Year for 2018, in a cover story headlined “The Guardians and the War on Truth”.
- Last year’s winners were “The Silence Breakers” of the #MeToo movement
- Time magazine has named the Person of the Year since 1927
- Finalists for this year included a mix of politicians, activists — and one Royal
The “guardians” are Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot and killed at the newspaper’s offices in June; Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who has been arrested; and two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar for nearly a year, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.
The group of journalists will feature on four covers of the magazine’s January issue.
In an essay for the magazine, Time editor Edward Felsenthal explained the choice: “Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments.
“This year we are recognising four journalists and one news organisation who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment.”
The Person of the Year winner is the person or group of people who embody the passing year — for better or worse.
While Time magazine’s editors make the final decision, an online poll has been conducted since 1998 to assess public sentiment about potential winners.
Time magazine’s Person of the Year winners, clockwise from left, Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and Maria Ressa. (Supplied: Time)
Finalists for this year included Christine Blasey Ford, the US academic who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of historic abuse, US President Donald Trump, and Robert Mueller, the FBI special counsel investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections.
The March For Our Lives activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the families separated at the US border under a Trump administration policy aimed at deterring illegal immigration were particularly notable entries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was also on the list after his landslide victory in the country’s 2018 elections, along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who made the list after brokering an historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Mr Trump.
Ryan Coogler, who directed Black Panther — the biggest movie of the year — featured on the shortlist, as did newly-minted royal Meghan Markle.
Time magazine has identified the Person of the Year since 1927.
Last year’s winners were “The Silence Breakers” — the thousands of people across the world who came forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo movement.