TIME reveals its 2018 ‘Person of the Year’

December 11, 2018 - 9:48 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – TIME magazine revealed its “Person of the Year” for 2018 on Tuesday morning.

The magazine’s editors chose "the guardians and the war on truth” – journalists like Jamal Khashoggi who have been killed, jailed and attack over their reporting.

Khashoggi was assassinated by Saudi government agents at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

TIME editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal told NBC’s TODAY show why the magazine chose persecuted journalists as its people 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, from Russia to Riyadh to Silicon Valley,” Felsenthal said.

In an essay, Felsenthal wrote: "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."

In addition to Khashoggi, those honored as TIME Person of the Year are: four journalists and a sales associate gunned down in a mass shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper in July; two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for reporting on the military’s mass killing; and Maria Ressa, who is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler.com, which has been critical of the Philippines government.