Time Person of Year: Khashoggi, Other Journalists

It's first time someone no longer alive received the magazine's top honor
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2018 6:47 AM CST
Time Person of Year: Khashoggi, Other Journalists
Jamal Khashoggi.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

(Newser) – The winners have been named. Ten finalists made it onto the shortlist for Time's Person of the Year, but it was the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and other journalists, who received the honor. Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal made the announcement on the Today show, noting that "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. And so we chose to highlight four individuals and one group who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths."

Others named with Khashoggi, per NBC News: The five Capital Gazette employees murdered earlier this year; Maria Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief who now runs the Rappler news site and reports critically on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte; and Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar. The choice of Khashoggi and the Capital Gazette workers marks the first time someone no longer alive has received the magazine's top honor, per Felsenthal. (Read more Time's Person of the Year stories.)

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