Instead of covering the news, 13-year-old Palestinian reporter Janna Jihad found herself becoming news at the 18th edition of the Arab Media Forum in Dubai. Hailed as the youngest journalist in the world, Janna displayed an influential presence during the Forum’s sessions, presenting herself as a role model for children around the world to stand up against oppression and inhumane practices and, above all, to never give up.
From her home in Nabi Saleh village, 20 kilometres away from Ramallah in Palestine, Janna has been reporting the daily Palestinian struggle and human rights violations from her mobile phone ever since she was only 7 years old. Sharing the daily scenes on social media, Janna has garnered over 300,000 followers on Facebook alone.
“My camera is my peaceful way to resist the occupation and deliver the truth to the world,” she said.