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Jamal Khashoggi killing

Time magazine names Jamal Khashoggi and persecuted journalists as ‘Person of the Year’

  • This year’s accolade is given to ‘The Guardians and the War on Truth’
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 December, 2018, 10:01pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 December, 2018, 12:03am

Time magazine has collectively named Jamal Khashoggi and other killed and imprisoned journalists as its “person of the year” for 2018.

The accolade – given to ‘The Guardians and the War on Truth’ – also honours the journalists killed in the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Maryland in June, two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims, and Maria Ressa, a journalist in the Philippines facing tax evasion charges that she has called “political harassment”.

“Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments,” Time magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, wrote in an essay about the selection. “This year we are recognising four journalists and one news organisation 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.”

More than two months since Khashoggi’s disappearance, Saudi Arabia is still facing international condemnation over his brutal murder and alleged dismemberment at the hands of a Saudi hit team. The 61-year-old’s body has still not been found and is thought by Turkish investigators to have been dissolved in acid.

Time, which has awarded the “Person of the Year” title annually since 1927, published four different magazine covers for this week’s edition, each one spotlighting different honorees.

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It is the first time someone has been chosen posthumously for the prestigious cover.

US President Donald Trump, the 2016 “Person of the Year,” was the bookmakers’ favourite this year but in the end was runner-up.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign, was ranked third.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse.