TIME has chosen Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists as 2018's ‘Person of the Year'.
Others: The staff of Maryland’s Capital Gazette; Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo; Maria Ressa, CEO of a news outlet in the Philippines targeted by Duterte.https://t.co/tTIaWRGqgj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 11, 2018
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Per the Washington Post:
… Journalists around the world have been targeted and assaulted for their work. Some have paid with their freedom; others have paid with their lives.
Even the president of the United States — a country that has prided itself on having freedom of the press since its founding — has repeatedly attacked the media as “the enemy of the people.” Other world leaders have echoed this aggressive stance against the media, cracking down on reporters who have tried to hold them accountable.
We are living through nothing short of a “war on truth” — but it is in such a time that “professional truth seekers” are more important than ever, Time magazine declared in its latest issue…
“The Guardians” also include the staff of the Capital Gazette, whose Maryland newsroom was attacked by a gunman in June; Maria Ressa, chief executive of the Rappler news website who has been made a legal target for the outlet’s coverage of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte; and journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been jailed in Myanmar for nearly a year for their work exposing the mass killings of Rohingya Muslims.
“As we looked at the choices, it became clear that the manipulation and the abuse of truth is really the common thread in so many of this year’s major stories, from Russia to Riyadh to Silicon Valley,” Time editor Edward Felsenthal said on the “Today” show Tuesday…
Poignant. Or maybe I mean ‘pungent’?
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 11, 2018
What is the Senate’s role in reining in despotism? https://t.co/apW8teambp
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 11, 2018
Having a normal one over there on the Fox News channel
(yes, this is the top story) pic.twitter.com/NseL2QcyHk
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