Congrats: 4 journalists and a newspaper are Time’s Person of the Year

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Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for what it said was standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence. The group, which Time called “the guardians,” consists of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot to death at the newspaper’s offices in June; Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who has been arrested; and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been detained in Myanmar for nearly a year.“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. Time selected them “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 speaking out.” Khashoggi was killed two months ago when The Washington Post columnist, who had lived in the U.S., visited Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey for paperwork so he could get married. He had been critical of the Saudi regime. Reesa is an award-winning Philippine journalist who, along with the online news service she heads, has been accused of tax evasion. Her website has been critical of the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and she claims the charges are politically motivated. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned for nearly a year in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed by a gunman at the Capital Gazette newspaper last spring. Forty-six journalists worldwide were killed in 2017, according to data collected by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The nonprofit group reported 50 deaths in 2016 and 73 in 2015. There were 262 journalists imprisoned worldwide in 2017.

 

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Yess! Some of those paid the ultimate price to shine the light on TRUTH!

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Great choices!! "The truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away. "  Elvis Presley

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Journalists risked it all this year for truth and are universally attacked for their work. They get zero recognition, let them have this one. Deserved, brilliant choice...

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Another slap in the face for all haters.... Congrats "Time"

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These cases, individually, may have merit, but unfortunately, journalism as a whole is now more akin to a political party... with a definite agenda and constructed narratives.

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Martin Luther — 'Peace if possible. Truth at all costs.'

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I was pulling for the Parkland victims and survivors  (also victims) but the choice of the journalists was an excellent one.

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