The Lantos Foundation commends Time Magazine for recognizing The Guardians as its 2018 Person of the Year. Journalists are often the ones who are very publicly on the front lines of exposing human rights abuses - they tell the truth and often put their own lives in danger by doing so. In many closed societies, brave journalists are the only ones able to document the realities that their neighbors and fellow countrymen face every day. We salute the bravery and moral conviction of the 2018 Guardians, and all the guardians around the world. They are among those the late Congressman Tom Lantos was speaking of when he said, “The veneer of civilization is paper thin. We are its guardians, and we can never rest”.