One of the most interesting days of the year is when TIME Magazine comes out with its person of the year. Certainly, Donald Trump wanted it, so much so that in previous years he dummied up a copy of himself falsely winning and hung it in one of his golf clubs. Last year he won. This time though, Trump lost, and the winner will certainly rankle him.
TIME decided to make “The Guardians” and “The War on Truth as Person of the Year in 2018. These were journalists who have lost or risked their lives in the line of duty. At the top of the list was Jamal Khashoggi. Even though he was tortured, assassinated, and dismembered, POTUS gave the Saudi Arabians, notably Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) a pass.
The list of journalists continued:
‘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” are the Person of the Year. As we looked at the choices, it became clear that the manipulation and abuse of truth is really the common thread in so many of this year’s major stories.’
TIME‘s series of four black-and-white covers depicted the journalists who fought “The War on Truth.” This was the first time that the magazine featured a person who has passed away, Khashoggi. A second cover featured Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The Reuters journalists were arrested a year ago in Myanmar. They were writing about the killings of Rohingya Muslims. The men are still in jail, so their wives posed for this cover.
The magazine also represented the five employees of the Annapolis, Maryland newspaper, The Capital Gazette. A gunman murdered them early last summer. Finally, Maria Ressa was shown. She is the CEO of the website Rappler, which is based out of the Philippines. Last month, the Philippine president and dictator, Rodrigo Duterte’s people arrested and convicted her of tax evasion, which was just a cover story.
The other three covers are shown below:
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