Fearless journalism, the blazing light of truth that exposes evil, was honored by Time magazine with its selection of journalists that have died or been persecuted so truth might remain free as its "20118 Person of the Year".
TIME's 2018 Person of the Year goes to "The Guardians" - journalists who sacrificed everything for their work, including murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted on September 3 under Myanmar's colonial-era Official Secrets Act, in a case seen as a test of democratic freedoms in the Southeast Asian country.
The issues will hit newsstands later this month, in the final edition of the weekly magazine for 2018.
Felsenthal added that TIME is recognizing "four journalists and one news organization who have paid a bad price to seize the challenge of this moment", as they "are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world".
Person of the Year 2018 will be named tomorrow, December 11.
Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief, could end up in prison for up to 10 years. The index measures the "level of freedom of information"; two years ago, the U.S. Hours after the shooting, the publication tweeted, "Yes, we're putting out a damn paper tomorrow".
The four journalists and the Capital Gazette, which was targeted by a gunman who killed five employees in June, "are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world ... who risk all to tell the story of our time", he wrote. "We are doing our jobs and our job is to hold power to account". Duterte has refused to approve a Rappler journalist to cover the drug war, and in November, the media was charged with tax fraud.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned for almost a year in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. 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.
They have been imprisoned for almost a year, and were convicted under a state secrets act in September.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered by a hit squad at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, is also on the list.