Publish dateWednesday 12 December 2018 - 07:57
Story Code : 175788
Time magazine names Khashoggi
Time magazine has named Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident journalist killed in the kingdom’s diplomatic mission in Istanbul in October, as its “Person of the Year” for 2018.
AVA- The news magazine on Tuesday gave the annual designation, which goes to the person they judge has been the most influential over the past year, to “the Guardians and the War on Truth.”
Time said Khashoggi had "dared to disagree with his country's government,” adding that, "He told the world the truth about its brutality toward those who would speak out. And he was murdered for it."
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a Washington Post columnist, disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documentation for his forthcoming marriage.
Saudi Arabia initially claimed he had left the consulate alive, but weeks later admitted that he was killed inside the diplomatic mission and blamed his death on a group of Saudi operatives.
Turkish leadership said the order to slay Khashoggi had been issued from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government, suggesting that the crown prince had ordered such a gruesome crime.
The CIA is said to have concluded that bin Salman had “probably ordered” the murder.
US President Donald Trump has drawn criticism for his handling of Khashoggi's death after he failed to condemn the Saudi crown prince or issue harsher punishment toward the kingdom.
Alongside Khashoggi, Time also honored the journalists killed in the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Maryland in June, two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar after investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims and Maria Ressa, who runs an online news site in the Philippines.
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