Minna Knus-Galan

Investigative journalist, Yle, Finnish Broadcasting Company. MOT

Minna Knus-Galán is a reporter on the investigative TV program MOT at the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Yle. Knus-Galán has participated in many ICIJ projects like Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Luxleaks and Implant Files, as well as other cross-border investigations like MEPS project and Troika Laundromat. She has won several awards, among others Journalist of the year (2015) and a special award by the Finnish Association of Investigative Journalism for her work on Panama Papers (2017). Knus-Galán is the author of the book "Projekt Panama" (2017). Knus-Galán was chairperson of the Finnish Association of Investigative Journalism, Tutkiva ( 2009-2013) and is the co-organizer of the regular conference of investigative journalism in Helsinki. She's chair of ICIJ network committee.

Minna is speaking at

French Translation
September 28, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



What does it take to succeed as a woman in the world of investigative journalism? In this lightning round session, leading women muckrakers from around the world will present strategies they used in their professional work, and will offer advice on everything from dealing with bad bosses to balancing work and family. As in other lightning rounds, each speaker has just five to seven minutes for her presentation. Come and be inspired.

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

September 29, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm


  • Minna Knus-Galan (Speaker) Investigative journalist, Yle, Finnish Broadcasting Company. MOT
  • Elena Kuch (Speaker) Reporter, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
  • Yasu Sawa (Speaker) Senior Writer, Investigative and In-Depth Reporting, Kyodo News
  • Rana Sabbagh (Moderator) Arij


Cross-border projects have grown in popularity and sophistication. What are the lessons in working in these unique collaborations from the perspective of an individual reporter? How do you join an international collaboration?

What have been the strong points of each network in terms of planning, data sharing, and daily communication? How do you cope with cultural clashes and different ways of doing journalism? And how do you deal with the stress that each muckraker at some point has to face?

Elena Kuch/NDR (Germany), Yasuomi Sawa/Kyodo (Japan) and Minna Knus-Galán/Yle (Finland) have all years of experience of cross-border projects like Panama Papers, Implant Files and Troika Laundromat.

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