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Joakim Medin is a Swedish journalist, author, lecturer and 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 investigative journalism and foreign reporting and mostly write on the ground stories about democracy development, politics, right wing populism and extremism, human rights, armed conflicts, refugee crisis and poverty related topics.
I have a special interest in the Middle East and have worked in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and the Kurdish areas for several years. I have made several visits to Syria to cover different sides of the war and much of the material 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 second book Orbánistan – Fear and loathing in illiberal Hungary was published, where I describe Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his politics, which has served as an inspiration to the growing right-wing populist movement in Europe.
My third book Thailand Swedes was published in September 2019. In it, I describe going undercover as a sex tourist in Thailand in order to meet and talk with real Swedish male sex buyers. I write about their negative views on Swedish women, feminism, equality, migrants and politics back home, and how this is part of a resistance against a changing masculinity. Which, in turn, is leading to social polarisation.
I have also co-authored several anthology books, and authored several reports. I am a member of the Swedish Union of Journalists, and Swedish PEN. I also lecture a lot about my field of work, my profession and my discoveries.

Press photos of Joakim Medin
Download Press photo 1 (Photographer: Press), Press photo 2 (Photographer: Kristian Borg) and Press photo 3 (Photographer: Sabri Omar).

Published in
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.

Education
– 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, 200 credits, Uppsala University
– Safety course ”Protection against risks in conflict areas” (HEAT certified), Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden
– The courses ”Photography I” and ”Photography II”, Photographic Academy, Stockholm