‘I wish that everybody could just tell the truth.’ — Palestine’s youngest journalist

Palestine’s youngest journalist Janna Tamimi. (Photo: Supplied)
Updated 29 March 2019

‘I wish that everybody could just tell the truth.’ — Palestine’s youngest journalist

At the Arab Media Forum in Dubai, Arab News spoke to Palestine’s youngest journalist, Janna Tamimi, below, who blogs on Facebook and Twitter under the name Janna Jihad. We asked 12-year-old Tamimi why she became a journalist and what advice she would give others on how to become one.

ARAB NEWS: What made you want to become a journalist?

JANNA TAMIMI: I started when I was 7 when I saw that there were not enough journalists to come and cover things that happen in Palestine and especially my village, like when my friend Mustapha was murdered and my Uncle Rushdie was killed also. A lot of things started to happen in the world and they didn’t know about our feelings as children living under occupation. So I wanted to be the voice of those children, the voice of their feelings when they are getting arrested or injured, or just being afraid of losing someone they love.

ARAB NEWS: What advice would you give other people your age or older on becoming a journalist?

JANNA TAMIMI: I wish that everybody could just tell the truth, and always be accurate about every single (piece of) information they give because, as you see, there are a lot of channels and outlets that don’t tell the Palestinian story the right way.


International launch set for Disney+ streaming service

Updated 19 August 2019

International launch set for Disney+ streaming service

  • It will launch in Canada, Netherlands, and the US on November 12, and in Australia and New Zealand a week later
  • Disney+ will launch at a subscription price of $6.99 monthly in the US

SAN FRANCISCO: The Walt Disney Company said on Monday its streaming television service will debut in November in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Offering film and TV entertainment including its "Star Wars" and Marvel franchises as well as its ABC content and an extensive library acquired from 21st Century Fox, Disney+ hopes to be a major challenger to Netflix.

It will launch in Canada, Netherlands, and the US on November 12, and in Australia and New Zealand a week later, the company said, and is expected to expand to most major markets within the following two years.

The entertainment giant also announced deals for Disney+ to be available on Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Sony internet-linked devices.

Chief executive Bob Iger said during a recent earnings call the company would take advantage of its control of Hulu to bundle an ad-supported version of the streaming television service with Disney+ and ESPN in the US for a monthly subscription price of $12.99.

Iger said Disney was "focused on leveraging Fox's vast library of great titles... for example reimagining 'Home Alone,' 'Night at the Museum,' 'Cheaper by the Dozen,' and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' for a new generation on Disney+."

Former Fox superhero movie franchises including "X-Men," "Fantastic 4" and "Deadpool" will now come under the Marvel umbrella, Iger said, adding that parent company Disney sees "great long-term value" in the titles.

The increasingly competitive TV streaming marketplace will soon feature HBO Max, Apple and NBCUniversal platforms as well as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Disney+ will launch at a subscription price of $6.99 monthly in the US.