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Jamal Khashoggi, other journalists are Time's Person of the Year

Journalists named Time's Person of the Year

Slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists that Time magazine called "the guardians" were named Time's Person of the Year for 2018 on Tuesday. Khashoggi and the group were chosen over special counsel Robert Mueller, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump, who were listed as finalists on Monday.

Mr. Trump was named the first runner-up Tuesday. Mueller was the second runner-up.

The other journalists named with Khashoggi were the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, where five people were killed in a mass shooting earlier this year; imprisoned Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo; and Maria Ressa, founder and editor of a news site in the Philippines. Time recognizes the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world "for better or for worse" during the past year.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago. The journalist, who had lived in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, left, and Ma Pan Ei Mon and Chit Su Win, holding photos of their husbands, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are seen in this combination image of the covers naming the journalists among Time's Person of the Year Dec. 11, 2018.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, left, and Ma Pan Ei Mon and Chit Su Win, holding photos of their husbands, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are seen in this combination image of the covers naming the journalists among Time's Person of the Year Dec. 11, 2018. Courtesy Time magazine/ via Reuters

U.S. intelligence officials determined that Saudi security officials were most likely acting on orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they killed and dismembered Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. Mr. Trump, who views the crown prince as an ally, has been reluctant to accept the CIA's findings.

"His murder has prompted a global reassessment of the Saudi crown prince and a really long overdue look at the devastating war in Yemen," Time's Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said on NBC's "Today" show. Khashoggi was the first deceased person named Person of the Year, Felsenthal said.

Reesa is an award-winning Philippine journalist who, along with the online news service she heads, has been sued for tax evasion. Her website has been critical of the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and she claims the charges are politically motivated.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned for nearly a year in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. In June, four journalists and a sales assistant were killed by a gunman at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

Maria Ressa, a Filipina journalist, and the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper are seen in this combination image of the covers naming them among Time's Person of the Year Dec. 11, 2018.
Maria Ressa, a Filipina journalist, and the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper are seen in this combination image of the covers naming them among Time's Person of the Year Dec. 11, 2018. Courtesy Time magazine/ via Reuters

In addition to Mr. Trump, Mueller and Putin, the magazine said six other finalists made its shortlist for this year. They were:

  • Christine Blasey Ford
  • "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler
  • March For Our Lives Activists
  • Meghan Markle
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in
  • Separated Families
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