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Janna Jihad Ayyad

Youngest journalist reporting occupation impacts

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Date of Birth:

2006

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Nabi Saleh, occupied West Bank, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Janna Jihad is recognized for her courageous and pioneering role in journalism as one of the youngest journalists in the world. She began her career at seven years old, using her mother's cellphone to document and report the realities of the Israeli occupation in her village and beyond. Her work has garnered international attention and shed light on the experiences of Palestinian children under occupation.

Brief bio

Janna Jihad is a Palestinian youth activist and journalist, known for her unique perspective and brave reporting from the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank. She utilizes social media platforms to broadcast her reports, making significant contributions to raising global awareness about the situation in Palestine, especially the impact on children.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Began Journalism at Age 7 (2013): Janna started reporting using her mother's phone at the age of seven, covering events in her village Nabi Saleh.

  • Recognition as a Young Journalist (2016): By the age of 10, Janna was already recognized as one of the youngest journalists in the world, actively participating in documenting the Israeli occupation.

  • Threatened by Israeli Ministry (Circa 2019): Janna was reported to be a 'threat' by the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Thoughts, which led to her getting registered with the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate for some protection.

  • International Tours for Awareness (2017): Janna traveled to South Africa with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Shamsaan Children of Palestine to raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle.

  • Speaking Engagements in the US (2019): She spoke in Chicago about her experiences and journalism in Palestine.

  • Documenting Occupation Realities: Janna's videos, which show the everyday impacts of the occupation on Palestinian children and their communities, have played a significant role in bringing international attention to these issues...See More

  • Raising Awareness Internationally: Through her travels and speaking engagements, Janna has significantly contributed to raising global awareness about the Palestinian situation...See More

  • Advocating for Children's Rights: Her reports often highlight the challenges and violations of rights that Palestinian children face under occupation...See More

  • Participation in Documentaries: Janna's activism and journalism have been featured in documentaries like “Radiance of Resistance,” bringing her voice to a wider audience.

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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