- Time magazine has revealed Jamal Khashoggi and other murdered and oppressed journalists as its 2018 Person of the Year.
- The title is given to a person or group of people who “most influenced the news and the world – for better or for worse” over the past year.
- Finalists included Robert Mueller, Christine Blasey Ford, and Meghan Markle.
The group, shown on the magazine’s cover alongside a headline that said “The Guardians and the War on Truth,” included Maria Ressa, the founder of a news site under attack by the Philippines’ government; two Reuters journalists who were jailed while reporting on Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis; and the staff of the Capital Gazette, whose newsroom was attacked by a gunman in July.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist based in Virginia who wrote columns that were critical of his country for The Washington Post, died at the hands of Saudi agents at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October. The country’s crown prince is widely suspected to have orchestrated his killing.
His selection marked the first time the magazine had named someone Person of the Year posthumously in the feature’s 91-year history.
“This is the first time we’ve chosen someone no longer alive as Person of the Year, but it’s also very rare that a person’s influence grows so immensely in death.” TIME Editor-in-Chief @efelsenthal talks Jamal Khashoggi’s 2018 Person of the Year cover pic.twitter.com/KTbgsK0AFt
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 11, 2018
NBC’s “Today” show revealed the honorees on Tuesday morning.
The title is traditionally awarded to the person or a group of people found to have “most influenced the news and the world – for better or for worse – during the past year,” according to the magazine.
This year’s shortlist included many in the political sphere, such as President Donald Trump, the special counsel Robert Mueller, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Trump and Mueller were the second and third picks this year.
Finalists also included Christine Blasey Ford – the woman who accused the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her while the two were in high school – and Meghan Markle, who married into the British royal family in May.
The shortlist also included the families separated at the US-Mexico border and the March for Our Lives activists.
A group of women dubbed the “Silence Breakers” were named last year’s Person of the Year for shaping the conversation around sexual assault.
Trump won in 2016, with the magazine calling him the “president of the divided states of America.”
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