Time Magazine has named a collective of journalists their ‘Person of the Year’ for 2019. 

Honourees include murdered journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, imprisoned Reuters journalists U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo, Maria Ressa founder of news-startup, Rappler in the Philippines and the staff of the Capital Gazette newspapers in Maryland.

The magazine heralds these journalists as guardians of the truth and goes on to describe a war on truth that has cloaked the globe this year.

The article quotes Maria Ressa, whose publication is constantly under attack from the authoritarian regime of President Rodrigo Duterte:

“I’ve been a war-zone correspondent. That is easy compared to what we’re dealing with now.”

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Image credit: Time Magazine article and New York Times article.

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