Times magazine has tribute to a group of journalists who fought over justice, choosing them to be “The Guardians”, a group of journalists who have been targeted for their work, as “Person of the Year.”
The black-and-white cover series of Time highlights four photographs what the magazine calls “the War on Truth.”
The four journalists--whose tributes were major artwork of the magazine--are Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post journalist who was murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in last October, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters contributors who were arrested in Myanmar one year ago while on duty to cover stories about the killings of Rohingya Muslims, and Maria Ressa, chief executive of the Philippine news website Rappler who was indicted last month tax evasion charges, a case that free speech and civil liberties advocates have warned is a part of a wider crackdown on dissent by Philippine President Duterte’s administration.
Jamal Khashoggi is the first deceased ‘Person of the Year’ by Time pronounced on a tribute. According to the reports, it is very rare that a person’s influence grows much immensely in death, and that his assassination has prompted a global assessment of the Saudi Crown Prince and a really long overdue look at the devastating war in Yemen.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the ones in the case of Rohingya minority population in Myanmar’s Rakhine state remain behind bars. Their wives were photographed for the cover.
“The Guardians” also features journalists at the Capital Gazette, the Annapolis, Maryland newspaper where five employees were killed by gunshot last June.