Lindsey Hilsum

International Editor
Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News' International Editor.
Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News International Editor.

Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News International Editor, and the author of Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution, an account of the fall of Colonel Gaddafi.

She also reported the "Arab Spring" from Egypt and Bahrain. She reported from Belgrade in 1999 when NATO bombed Serbia, from Baghdad during the 2003 US invasion, and covered the Fallujah assault in November 2004. Her reports from Africa, the Middle East and Russia have earned her several awards. From 2006-8 she was the Channel 4 News China Correspondent, based in Beijing. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking journalist in Rwanda when the genocide started.

She has been with Channel 4 News since 1996.


post 13 May 2015
Burundi: memories of a coup as a young journalist

As the steps were about to be wheeled away, I ran across the tarmac and just made the plane. I might be 10 days late but I would get my story out after all.

post 13 May 2015
Cameroon: working to banish Boko Haram terror and tempt back tourists

Cameroon's government is working hard to banish the memories of the havoc caused by Boko Haram extremists who terrorised the north of the country for the last two years.

post 14 April 2015
Foreign policy: the ignored debate of election 2015

Labour and the Tories say they'll spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, as a Nato commitment. Both are pledged to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. Why? To what end?

article 13 April 2015 World, Syria
Yarmouk residents queue for aid (Reuters)
Islamic State 'withdraws from Yarmouk camp'

An activist inside Yarmouk camp in Damascus tells Channel 4 News that Islamic State militants have largely withdrawn from the centre of the camp and handed control to other jihadis.

post 04 April 2015
Islamic State destruction of history spreads to ancient city of Hatra

We are running out of words to describe the vandals of the Islamic State (IS) who not only show merciless cruelty to the living but are seeking to destroy the heritage left by the long dead. [brightc

post 03 April 2015
'Victory for us': interpreting Iran's nuclear agreement

Unlike the US, the Iranians are not releasing fact sheets about the scale of nuclear reduction because they would rather be a little vague on the compromises they've made.

post 01 April 2015
The Rolex ticks at Iran nuclear talks

Geneva, under UN auspices, was the Iranians choice to hold talks, but what about the date? With a deadline of midnight 31 March a new danger arose: the April Fool's Agreement.

post 31 March 2015
Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences for US

For the Saudis, Iran - not Islamic State - is the greatest danger in the Middle East. So nuclear détente between Iran and the US will not be cost-free.

post 30 March 2015
Iran nuclear talks: another 36 hours to make harmony

The mood music coming out of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne may be positive, but there are more variations to be played through before a harmonious finale can be achieved.

post 29 March 2015
Nuclear deal: Netanyahu's call to halt 'Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis'

Diplomats are trying to decrease tension in Lausanne and put a brake on Iran's nuclear programme. The fear is what could happen if the talks fail.

post 16 March 2015
On the front line of Islamic State's war on history

Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: "Destroy the Idols". Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.

post 09 March 2015
Stephen O'Brien: UN opts for 'pretty good candidate for important job'

Too often UN appointments are made entirely on political patronage and not at all on competence. This time the former has been tempered by the latter.

post 06 March 2015
New dark ages as Islamic State wreaks destruction in Mosul

Visitors to the British Museum can see the magnificent winged bulls taken from Nimrud, in northern Iraq. But Iraqis living there are cowering in terror as their history is annihilated.

post 03 March 2015
Why Netanyahu wants to scupper a US deal with Iran

Israel is much more frightened by Iran than by the Islamic State group - which explains why he will today warn the US against any nuclear deal with Tehran.

post 02 March 2015
Tikrit, where liberation from IS could bring yet more pain

A combined force of Iraqi army, Shia militia and Kurdish peshmerga is trying to retake Tikrit from IS. But it is more likely to want vengeance than an orderly retaking of the area.

post 27 February 2015
Iraq: why looting can be a good thing

Better that at least some vestiges of previous civilisations be kept safe in the great museums of London, Berlin and New York, courtesy of the colonial looters of yesteryear.

article 26 February 2015 World, Iraq
Islamic State fighters smash historic statues in Iraq

It looks terrible - vandals of the Islamic State attacking ancient Assyrian statues with sledge-hammers.

post 23 February 2015
'Down with military rule!' - Sisi and the realpolitik of today's Egypt

What do you do when the only person standing up to your worst enemy is a thug and a bully? Not a playground problem but the realpolitik of the Middle East today.

post 18 February 2015
Ceasefire in Aleppo: best option for civilians but proof of rebel despair?

The Syrian government knows it's in a strong position. If the rebels don't agree the ceasefire, they may be crushed. Previous 'local ceasefires' have been a euphemism for surrender.