Jooneed is a native of Mauritius, who came to Windsor, Ontario on a Commonwealth scholarship in 1964. He is an Arts graduate of the Université de Montréal, and was a co-founder of the Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM). He returned to Canada in 1970, and has been a journalist ever since, first with Canadian Press and then with La Presse on the international news beat.
Jooneed has been a lecturer at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) on the History of the non-Western world. He is the author of Diego Garcia: the Militarization of an Island, published by Sage in 1983. Over 30 years, he has covered conflicts in more than 50 countries for La Presse, one of the latest being the U.S. invasion of Iraq, where he spent three months in 2003.