Time magazine honored jailed and slain journalists, dubbed “The Guardians, and the War on Truth” with the prestigious Person of the Year cover.
Jamal Khashoggi was the first journalist highlighted in Time’s tribute, as his brutal killing at the hands of the Saudi government in October reverberated throughout the country.
Maria Ressa’s digital newspaper Rappler has struggled to cover the drug war and killings organized by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the face of government pushback. In November, the government accused Rappler of tax fraud, which carries a potential 10-year prison sentence for Ms. Ressa.
In June, a shooter broke into the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. He killed four journalists and an ad salesperson during that attack, but the rest of the staff covered it and put out a paper the very next day.
Two Reuters reporters, Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, were jailed in Myanmar after being accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act after they worked to expose the government’s involvement in the killing of 10 Muslim men.
All four of these cases were given their own cover as part of the “Person of the Year” series, but they represent many others who faced pushback and threats while reporting.
“They are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world — as of Dec. 10, at least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018 — who risk all to tell the story of our time,” editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay.