Bravo! to Time magazine choosing a group of journalists as their "Person of the Year." A great reminder of what many news people go through to bring the truth out in the age of abuse, assassinations and Donald Trump.
The deserved honorees and horribly treated news people include
murdered newsman Jamal Khashoggi, who is the first deceased person to
win the honor, according to editors. Also the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, where five journalists were murdered; defiant international reporter Maria
Ressa; and two jailed Reuters reporters in Myanmar, Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, each sentenced to seven years "for
defying the ethnic divisions that rend that country (and) ... documenting the
deaths of 10 minority Rohingya Muslims."
Read the great story HERE and see Time's insightful video on the choices below:
At best, granting anonymity allows us to reveal the atrocities of terror groups, government abuses or other situations where sources may risk their lives, freedom or careers by talking to us. In sensitive areas like national security reporting, it can be unavoidable. But in other cases, readers question whether anonymity allows unnamed people to skew a story in favor of their own agenda. In rare cases, we have published information from anonymous sources without enough questions or skepticism — and it has turned out to be wrong.
The use of anonymous
sources presents the greatest risk in our most consequential, exclusive
stories. But the appearance of anonymous sources in routine government
and political stories, as well as many other enterprise and feature
stories, also tests our credibility with readers. They routinely cite
anonymous sources as one of their greatest concerns about The Times’s