For 92 years, the entire staff of Time Magazine elects a Person of the Year. This year the accolade goes to persons: all journalists who have been targeted because of their efforts to tell the truth.
Time Magazine calls them “The Guardians” and honors them for the great risks they've take to expose facts in an era where falsehoods have become as constant as air, some suffering the ultimate sacrifice.
The Guardians are:
Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally murdered last October for openly criticizing Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman
The staff at Maryland’s Capital Gazette, USA, (pictured) who in June were victims of a mass shooting. Five were killed and two wounded by a disgruntled reader who stormed their workplace with a loaded shotgun;
Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw She Oo, who were sentenced in September to seven years in prison for exposing Myanmar's genocide of Rohingya Muslims; and
Maria Ressa, CEO of the news site Rappler, who has bravely criticized the notoriously authoritarian Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.