MANILA - Rappler president Maria Ressa has been chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 2018 Person of the Year, along with slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Aside from Ressa and Khashoggi, TIME also picked jailed Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Maryland, which lost 5 of its staff in an attack last June, on its four covers.
TIME said it featured journalists "who were targeted for their work."
“By featuring four distinct covers, we were able to amplify different voices from around the world,” TIME creative director D.W. Pine said.
“In the process of just doing their jobs, our cover subjects faced dangerous threats in what continues to be a global war on the truth.”
The photographer behind the covers has also been targeted and blacklisted for covering political upheavals around the world, TIME said.
Ressa and her company Rappler Holdings Inc. face tax evasion cases filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The DOJ is claiming RHC should pay P108 million in taxes because it allegedly earned P162.5 million from the sale of Philippine depositary receipts to NBM Rappler and Omidyar Network Fund LLC.