Time magazine honors journalists facing repression - but snubs Julian Assange
Publisher: World Socialist Web Site
Date Written: 13/12/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23163
A look at Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' award for 2018, which did not list any journalist who exposed state secrets or government misconduct in the United States, nor whistleblowers from Israel, Egypt, India or any of the NATO countries.
It is most of all notable that the Time cover story on courageous journalists risking violence and repression to uncover the truth makes no mention of the most famous persecuted journalist on the planet, Julian Assange. The former editor of WikiLeaks has been effectively jailed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past six years, seeking to avoid extradition to the United States.
It was revealed last month that a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia - the judicial district that handles cases involving the CIA and Pentagon - has returned a secret indictment of Assange, likely related to his role in WikiLeaks' publication of US military and diplomatic secrets, mainly relating to war crimes by US personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as State Department efforts to destabilize and browbeat governments around the world.