TIME's selection of The Guardians -- including Jamal Khashoggi, the staff of the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo and Shahidul Alam -- reflects the breadth of the challenge in the war on truth. Poignant photos by @moisessaman.
It’s the first time since the magazine launched the year-end feature, in 1927, that some of the honorees were no longer alive. Even more striking, the largest number were murdered in the United States, which now ranks as the fourth deadliest country in the world for journalists—tied with Mexico, where reporters have long been targeted. The number of journalists killed in 2018 is a fifty-five per cent increase over last year.
“This ought to be a time when democracy leaps forward, an informed citizenry being essential to self-government. Instead, it’s in retreat,” Time notes. “Three decades after the Cold War defeat of a blunt and crude autocracy, a more clever brand takes nourishment from the murk that surrounds us. The old-school despot embraced censorship. The modern despot, finding that more difficult, foments mistrust of credible fact, thrives on the confusion loosed by social media and fashions the illusion of legitimacy from supplicants.” #time #personoftheyear