Joakim Medin is an author, freelance journalist and frequently also a photographer, based in Uppsala, Sweden. Originally a secondary school teacher, I lived in Central America during 2009 and experienced that year’s political turmoil in the region, documented the coup d’etat in Honduras and photographed for a Guatemalan weekly newspaper. A deep interest in foreign, investigative reporting was born.
I mostly write about democracy development, political and armed conflicts, human rights, poverty development and refugee crisis. I have a special interest in the Middle East and have covered developments in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and the Kurdish areas, since several years. The politial development in Hungary in also of special interest to me. 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.
In August 2014 I covered the Yezidi minority escaping the genocide by Islamic State fighters in Sinjar, northern Iraq. In October 2014 I was the last foreign journalist to report from inside Kobane, before Islamic State fighters entered the city. In February 2015 I was briefly imprisoned by the Syrian regime in Qamishli and Damascus. Those stories and much other material from my reporting from inside the Syrian war was published in my book ”Kobane – The Kurdish revolution and the struggle against IS” in April 2016. The book deals with the Syrian war, Islamic State and especially the role of the Western allied Syrian Kurds in the conflict, and about their relation to other actors. I was also a co-author in the anthology book ”Syria – The revolution, the power and the people”, published in February 2015.
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, 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
– Photography I and Photography II courses, Photographic Academy, Stockholm