Joakim Medin is a freelance journalist, author, lecturer and frequently also a photographer, based in Sweden. Originally a secondary school teacher, I did my first work as a journalist during the coup d’etat in Honduras in 2009. I have a deep interest in foreign, investigative journalism and mostly write on the ground stories about democracy development, political and armed conflicts, human rights, populism, poverty development and refugee crisis.
I have a special interest in the Middle East and have worked in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and the Kurdish areas for several years. In August 2014 I covered from within Syria how the Syrian Kurds rescued the Yezidi minority from Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, away from the Islamic State genocide. In October 2014 I was the last foreign journalist to report from inside Kobane, before Islamic State fighters entered the Syrian Kurdish city. In February 2015 I was briefly imprisoned by Syrian regime intelligence in al-Qamishli and Damascus. That and other material from inside the Syrian war ended up in my book Kobane –The Kurdish revolution and the struggle against IS published in 2016.
For several years I have also had a special interest in the political situation in Hungary. In June 2018 my new book Orbánistan – Fear and loathing in illiberal Hungary was published, dealing with the authoritarian development and hate campaigns under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, since the refugee crisis of 2015.
I have also co-authored several anthology books, and authored several reports. I am a member of the Swedish Union of Journalists, and I lecture a lot about my field of work, my profession and my discoveries.
Press photos of Joakim Medin
Download Press photo 1 and Press photo 2 (Photographer: Press) and Press photo 3 (Photographer: Sabri Omar).
Der Spiegel (DE), BBC News Middle East (GBR), Daily Mail (GBR), VICE News (USA), Al Jazeera America (USA), Weltwoche (SUI), ARA News (NL), Information (DK), Klassekampen (NO), Hufvudstadsblade (FI), Inforpress Centroamericana (GUA), Amnesty Press, Swedish National Public TV, Swedish National Public Radio, TT News Agency, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Aftonbladet, Paper of the Swedish Church, Fokus, Dagens ETC, Blank Spot Project, and several others.
– Master of Arts in Journalism, 90 credits, Uppsala University
– Bachelor of Arts in History, 180 credits, Uppsala University
– Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (missing one exam), Uppsala University
– Master of Arts in Education – Second Level, 300 credits, Uppsala University
– Safety course ”Protection against risks in conflict areas” (HEAT certified), Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden
– The Photography I and Photography II courses, Photographic Academy, Stockholm