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 debute book Kobane –The Kurdish revolution and the struggle against IS published in 2016.
The political situation in Hungary has also long interested me. My second book Orbánistan – Fear and loathing in illiberal Hungary was published in June 2018 and in it I describe the politics of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, which has served as an inspiration to the right-wing populist movement in Europe.
My third book Thailand Swedes was published in September 2019 and describes how I went undercover as a sex tourist in Thailand for two months, in order to talk with Swedish male sex buyers. I write about their negative views on feminist women, equality, migrants and politics in Sweden, and how this is part of a growing polarisation in the Swedish society.
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: Daniel Wiklander/Scoop), Press Photo 2 (Photographer: Kristian Borg) and Press Photo 3 (Photographer: Sabri Omar).
International: Der Spiegel (DE), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (DE), BBC News Middle East (GBR), Daily Mail (GBR), VICE News (USA), Weltwoche (SUI), ARA News (NL), Information (DK), Klassekampen (NO), Hufvudstadsbladet (FI), Inforpress Centroamericana (GUA), and more.
Sweden: Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Dagens ETC, Amnesty Press, Paper of the Swedish Church, Fokus, Blank Spot Project, and more.
– Master of Arts in Journalism, Uppsala University
– Bachelor of Arts in History, Uppsala University
– Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (missing one exam), Uppsala University
– Master of Arts in Education – Second Level, 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