YaLa Press is a blog and new media platform where young activists from all over the Middle East and North Africa can share original and fresh perspectives on a variety of issues. This platform was created by the participants of the YaLa Academy’s Citizen Journalism program and the YaLa staff. Its contributors come from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and beyond. Currently co-managing and co-editing YaLa Press are the following dedicated individuals.

Shadi Salameh      
Bethlehem, Palestine

shadiwebsiteI’m Shadi from Palestine and I’m in my late 20s. I have always found writing to be the best way for me to express my feelings and opinions, yet the articles I have dared to publish are not even 10% of what I have written because freedom of speech isn’t always desirable or accepted. I joined the YaLa Academy’s Citizen Journalism training program for two main reasons: the first is to make my voice heard, especially among the youth, and the second is to learn to write more professionally and diplomatically. The program has been very helpful to me and I look forward to publishing my articles on YaLa press.

Maroi Ech-Charkaouy

MarouawebsiteMy name is Maroi Ech-Charkaouy, I’m 22 years old and from Morocco. I have joined the YaLa Academy’s program because it wanted to learn more about citizen journalism and I wanted to make a difference in the region by sharing real life stories from my community. You can make a change by writing a blog, photo, video … It is simple to make a change and this program is a helpful push to help you make the change!

Moriya Rosenberg

MoriyaMoriya Rosenberg, 24, from Israel. In my work as a dancer, yoga teacher and educator I take part in many inspiring projects, and meet people dedicated to peace building. I joined YaLa in order to bring those positive forces to the public awareness through writing, hoping to empower all those who wish, prey and work blood, sweat and tears to make this world a better place.

Mohamed Salih Abubakr

MohamedwebsiteMohamed Salih Abubakr, 26 years old, from Khartoum, Sudan. I joined the YaLa Academy’s Citizen Journalism program to enhance my ability to communicate what I see around me – from human rights violations, to interesting stories I deem worthy of telling.

Angy Shavit


My name is Angy Shavit, I was born and raised in New York and moved to Israel four years ago, and I work at a hi-tech company. I currently am studying my first degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy with a specialization in Middle East Studies and Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Strategies. I hope that in the future, with the help of my first and second degree’s, I will be able to take part in promoting peace in the region and create bridges that will help unite all nations in the area. I believe that the best way to reach peace is to promote it through words and that is why I take part in YaLa! Just a simple girl looking for some peace in the Middle East… Join me in the revolution! 🙂

Rahma Sghaier



No one is free when others are oppressed. Rahma Sghaier, 24 years old, from Tunisia. Political Science researcher, human rights advocate and international citizen blogging passionately for #peace and #freedom. I joined Yala Citizen Journalism program because I believe that positive genuine stories by young voices must be heard  @Yala_YL