TIME Person of the Year 2018: The Guardians

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Time magazine announced the “Person of the Year”, which attracts much attention across the world. A group of journalists, named as “The Guardians”, who were either killed, arrested, or charged, acquired the title.

They are Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, five members of the Capital Gazette staff, journalist Maria Ressa, and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

A series of four black-and-white covers highlights what the magazine calls “the War on Truth.”

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Time selected the group “for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and speaking out.”

Since 1927, Time has selected individuals or groups to appear on its covers for the end-of-the-year feature. This was the first time someone named was no longer alive.

The man who photographed TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year covers – featuring several journalists who have been targeted for their work- is, himself, a photojournalist who has been imprisoned and blacklisted during two decades of covering political upheaval and war-ravaged communities around the world .

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The 2018 Person of the Year issue features four covers depicting Philippines-based editor Maria Ressa, jailed Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the staff of the Capital Gazette, and the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in October at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

“By featuring four distinct covers, we were able to amplify different voices from around the world,” says TIME creative director DW Pine. “In the process of just doing their jobs, our cover articles faced dangerous threats in what continues to be a global War on the truth.”

Photographer Moises Saman says he sought to create cover images that were visually and stylistically similar to convey the shared challenges of these journalists, even as they worked in distant countries under different circumstances.

Altogether, Saman photographed 26 journalists during trips to seven countries, including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Russia, Germany and Mexico. In total, he traveled over 30,000 miles across 17 days to photograph the Person of the Year issue.

“I wanted to find a way that somehow conveyed this sense of being under siege in a way – how the profession is under siege, not just in the U.S. but in many parts of the world,” Saman said, “I was going for this sort of dark, harsh light and shadows. But also sort of portraying a sense of being steadfast.”

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“It takes a lot of courage for a lot of these people to stay doing what they’re doing,” he sayid, “It was really humbling and really such a privilege to meet some of these characters.”

Just as the netizens commented on the “Times” tweets, this is a list of people who read with tears. 2018 is a very hard year, especially for journalists. Those who fight for the truth are enough to win the respect of the world! In this seemingly easier world of information acquisition, it seems increasingly difficult to get the truth! In 2017, the “Time” person of the year is “breaking the silence” and is also related to the truth.

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