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TIME Magazine Surprises Us All With Their “Person of the Year” Choice



As America waited this morning to see who TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018 would be, the announcement surprised us all. Instead of choosing a single person like they normally would, TIME Magazine decided to choose multiple people — all of those who have either been killed and imprisoned as journalists.  The journalists will be featured on not one, but on a 4-cover series which appears to be a message to not only our president, but also to the world.

The four covers will feature:

– Washington Post columnist and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this year.

– Five murdered journalists from the Capital Gazette newspaper, who were the victims of a mass shooting in Maryland back in July.

– Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Do, who have been sentenced to seven years in prison in Myanmar this last September for reporting on mass killings perpetrated by the military on Rohingya Muslims

– Former CNN bureau chief, Maria Ressa, who reported on Philippine President Duterte in a negative light. She has since been charged with tax evasion.

While TIME had many people to choose from this year, including both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, who both won the title in the past, this move seems to be a vague attack on both Putin and Trump, who have consistently blamed the free press for their political woes.