Axel Gordh Humlesjö

Investigative reporter , Swedish Television

Axel Gordh Humlesjö (b. 1986) is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Swedish public broadcaster - SVT. He specializes in organized crime, corruption and digital research. In 2018 he led a international group of reporters in an investigation of the murder of two UN experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For this he was nominated for an International Emmy. His latest project exposed systematic money laundering from Russia through Swedbank, Scandinavia's largest bank. This was a cooperation between journalists in Sweden, Ukraine, USA, Russia and the Baltics. Latest documentaries: 2019 Dirty Banking - the story of Swedbank 2018 Deceptive Diplomacy - Cover-up by the UN

Axel is speaking at

September 26, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Lecture Hall 200, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



Extremists and hate groups aren't new. What is new is their use of social media and technology, allowing both the amplification of their vile messages and the rapid development of new networks, some of them global.

The resurgence of far-right political parties and leaders is adding to a toxic mix around the world, with increased scapegoating of immigrants and minorities. Reporting on such issues needs careful thought and clarity of purpose.

Three experienced journalists, who have reported on extremism in North America, Western Europe, and Argentina, share tips on how to investigate these groups. 

French Translation
September 26, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Scilla Alecci (Moderator, Speaker) Reporter, Asia partnership coordinator, ICIJ
  • Paul Radu (Speaker) Director, OCCRP
  • Axel Gordh Humlesjö (Speaker) Investigative reporter , Swedish Television
  • Boyoung Lim (Speaker) Reporter, Korea Center for Investigative Journalism (KCIJ) - Newstapa
  • Svea Eckert (Speaker) Reporter, NDR


The number of state-of-the-art, cross-border investigative projects is growing. The most famous include those run by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). But those collaborations are being joined by others around the world, and they are having significant impact.

Come hear editors and top reporters from ICIJ, OCCRP, Swedish public television, and Korea's Center for Investigative Journalism (KCIJ) on how they organize such complex projects, and what their secrets are to managing both tough investigations and even tougher investigators.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

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