Khashoggi among journalists honoured by Time

Time magazine on Tuesday named a group of journalists, including Jamal Khashoggi and a pair of Reuters journalists imprisoned by Myanmar, as its “Person of the Year”, in a cover story headlined “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” The honour went to a series of journalists including Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who the government of Myanmar convicted on September 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Also honoured was Saudi journalist Khashoggi, who was killed two months ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The magazine also honoured Maria Ressa, the founder of the Philippine news site Rappler that has been a frequent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, and the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, where a gunman shot and killed five people in June. Time said it chose to honour journalism at time when the practice critical to democracy is under threat both from governments and technological advances. Its annual distinction is intended to recognise the person, group, thing or idea that had the greatest influence on world events that year. “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. The four groups were highlighted on four separate covers of the magazine. Recommended for you

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