It's the first time since the magazine began the end-of-year tradition in 1927 that Time has featured a journalist or recognized someone posthumously.
"The fact that they remain in prison for a crime they did not commit calls into question Myanmar's commitment to democracy, freedom of expression and rule of law", Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler said in a statement on the anniversary of the arrest. A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi journalist was killed, although there is debate about who ordered the execution.
Khashoggi, a former government adviser turned self-exiled critic, was killed shortly after arriving at the Istanbul consulate on October 2.
Greg Gutfeld said that naming "the war on truth" and the group of "guardian" journalists was TIME's way of "doing Trump without doing Trump".
"We chose to highlight four individuals and one group who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths, starting with Jamal Khashoggi", he added.
The magazine's short list had also included the more than 2,000 migrant families separated at the United States border, Russian President Vladimir Putin, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged then-Supreme Court nominee Brett M Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students, "March For Our Lives" activists fighting for gun-control reforms, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and former actress-turned-British royal Meghan Markle.
The wives of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are behind bars in Myanmar for reporting on the killings of the Rohingya will appear on another.
"Journalists are under attack both online and in the real world and these real world dangers are something we have to fight to just be able to do our jobs".
The honor went to a series of journalists including Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who the government of Myanmar convicted on September 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in a case seen as a test of democratic freedoms in Myanmar.
Karl Vick, the author of the Time's cover story about "The Guardians", wrote that "this ought to be a time when democracy leaps forward, an informed citizenry being essential to self-government".
In short: Time magazine's editors know that Trump watches their Person of the Year pick very closely.
She faces a charge - which she has dismissed as "manufactured" - that Rappler provided false information to tax authorities, and risks up to 10 years behind bars.
President Trump, not coincidentally, was the runner-up for this year's Person of the Year title.
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