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PRESS ALERT: World’s youngest journalist (12 years) on South African Tour

PRESS ALERT: World’s youngest journalist (12 years) on South African Tour

11 July 2018


12-year-old Janna Jihad from Palestine, one of the youngest officially registered journalists in the world, is currently on tour in South Africa.

Jihad, who started her journalism at the age of 7, following the Israeli killing of her two family members, is in the country to participate in the Nelson Mandela centenary events; to engage with South African human rights organisations and youth platforms. Thus far she’s participated at events in KZN and met with South African personalities including former first lady Graca Machel, artist Simphiwe Dana, MetroFM’s DJ Fresh, politician Julius Malema, activist Kumi Naidoo and others.

She is accompanied by her mother, Nawal, an activist from the well-known Tamimi family of the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, where community members are routinely harassed and imprisoned; the majority of which are children. The most famous of these is 17 year old Ahed Tamimi (click here for video).

Janna, who has a global following, has been awarded internationally for her media role in covering the daily struggle of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation.

Janna Jihad is currently in Gauteng, here are some of the upcoming events taking place:

Skateistan (skate boarding and youth engagement with Janna Jihad)
Date:Thursday, 12 July
[Closed event]


Public Film Screening of “Radiance of Resistance” with Janna Jihad
Date:Saturday, 14 July
Time:14:00 – 17:00
Venue: Image Lifestyle Centre, 85 Mint Road, Newtown, Johannesburg
About the film: ‘Radiance of Resistance’ is a 59-minute documentary that tells the story of (the then) 9-year-old Janna and (the then) 14-year-old Ahed Tamimi who live under Israeli occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. The film takes an intimate look at their everyday lives and their importance as the new generation of Palestinian non-violent resistance.

Engagement with Jewish youth
Date:Sunday, 15 July
[Closed event]

Art and craft session with Janna Jihad
Date:Monday, 16 July
[Closed event]

Public seminar with Janna Jihad
Date:Monday, 16 July
Venue:SECTION27, 1st Floor, South Point Corner, 87 de Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

School visit with Janna Jihad
Date:Thursday, 19 July
Closed event


This tour is organised by 2 Suns Shamsaan. Follow the organization on social media for updates on Janna Jihad’s SA tour: or For further information and/or to arrange media interviews with Janna Jihad please contact: 0763894755



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