Time named Jamal Khashoggi a Person of the Year. Now some Saudi outlets are claiming Time chose MBS instead.
The Ajel News 24 outlet tweeted on December 3 that Time listed Mohammed Bin Salman(MBS) in its “Person of the Year” issue for 2018.
A talk show on Saudi’s 24 channel also displayed a “photoshopped” cover of Time magazine reading, in English, “The most influential person in the world.” The cover image shows MBS. The channel uploaded the show’s episode to Youtube on December 5.
MBS is actually on Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in 2018. The Person of the Year and the 100 Most Influential People are two separate, annual Time magazine issues.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Ibadi, an Arab, was also listed among the top 100 Most Influential People. Time published the online article on Al Ibadi and MBS in April 19.
In an article for Time magazine, Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif praised MBS for lifting restrictions on women, challenging “the culture of corruption, and reining in religious police who choked us.”
Time has chosen Jamal Khashoggi, three other journalists and a news organization as its Person of the Year for 2018.
Saudi operatives closely linked to MBS murdered Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.