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'The Guardians' named as Time's 'Person of the Year' 2018

Killed, harassed, and imprisoned journalists share this year's spotlight

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Time Magazine announced on Tuesday its 2018 "Person of the Year."

"The Guardians."

This year's honor spotlights a group of people who were targeted for being journalists. All nine faced harassment, imprisonment, and some were murdered.

It's the first time the magazine has included someone who's no longer living as its person of the year.

Who are they?

Jamal Khashoggi

Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who was murdered inside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul in October. The 59-year-old journalist had spent his career revealing the truths about the brutality of his homeland's government and for that, he lost his life.

"Every detail of Jamal Khashoggi's killing made it a sensation: The time stamp on the surveillance video that captured the Saudi journalist entering his country's Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2; the taxiway images of the private jets bearing his assassins; the bone saw; the reports of his final words, 'I can't breathe,' recorded on audio as the life was choked from him," Time wrote.

A CIA report concluded with "high confidence" that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's death, according to the Washington Post.

Maria Ressa

Ressa, 55, helped found Rappler, an online news site in the Philippines.

She has written about the thousands of extrajudicial killings by President Rodrigo Duterte and the country's violent drug war.

Last month, the government charged the website with tax fraud. Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief, could end up in prison for up to 10 years.

Capital Gazette staffers

John McNamera, Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, and Wendi Winters were murdered inside the newspaper's offices in Annapolis, Maryland, June 28.

The killer planned the attack after the newspaper reported on his guilty plea in a criminal harassment case.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Lone and Soe Oo, two Reuters reporters who reported on the killings of 10 Rohingya Muslims, have been imprisoned in Myanmar since September.

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