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Givara Budeiri

Pioneering Palestinian Journalist

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Givara Budeiri is celebrated for her fearless journalism and dedication to uncovering the truth in conflict zones, particularly in Palestinian territories under occupation. She has been an integral voice in Al Jazeera's coverage of Palestinian issues, facing personal risks and challenges to report from the front lines.

Brief bio

Givara Budeiri is a distinguished Palestinian journalist born in Jerusalem in 1976. She earned her BA degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Yarmouk University. Budeiri has been working with Al Jazeera since 2000, focusing on the Palestinian territories. Her career is marked by her commitment to journalistic integrity and courage in the face of adversity.

Major Milestones


  • Education: Graduated from Yarmouk University with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication.

  • Career with Al Jazeera: Joined Al Jazeera in 2000, covering major events in Palestinian territories.

  • Arrest and Assault: On June 5, 2021, Budeiri was arrested and assaulted by Israeli occupation forces while covering a demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem...See More

  • Advocacy for Truth: Persistent coverage of contentious and dangerous situations, often putting her personal safety at risk...See More

  • Shift to Investigative Journalism: Expressed aspirations to move into investigative journalism, with a dream of reporting on the freeing of prisoners, the establishment of a Palestinian state, and returning to her family’s home in West Jerusalem.

  • Covering the 2006 Rafah Crisis: Reported on the destruction of houses and a poignant story about a local woman and her pigeons.

  • Reporting on Sheikh Jarrah Evictions (2021): Covered the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, leading to her arrest and injury.

  • Highlighting the Plight of Palestinian Families: Shared stories of Palestinian families affected by incarceration and conflict.

  • Advocating for Press Freedom: Stood up against suppression of the press, even under physical threat.

  • Championing Palestinian Stories: Consistently highlighted Palestinian perspectives in regional conflicts and social issues.

Date of Last Update: 
December 30, 2023

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