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 01 October 2015
Tartus, the town where Syrians believe Putin should be king

In President Assad's heartland the Russian decision to start air strikes on Syrian rebel positions is being hailed by ordinary people, who hope they mark the beginning of the end of a long war.

post 07 September 2015
Refugees: the myths and the fears

The online abuse I've received while covering the refugee and migration crisis is more than any other story I've reported.

post 03 September 2015
The chaos of EU refugee policy in Hungary

There were scuffles and screams - in the chaos a distraught Syrian man pushed his wife and baby onto the tracks as some kind of desperate protest.

post 24 August 2015
Migrants or refugees: what's the right word?

After I reported on scenes of desperation at the Greece/Macedonia border, there was nearly as much outrage about the use of language as the plight of the people.

post 17 August 2015
China: has there been an official cover-up?

The assumption in China these days is that officials lie and cover up whenever there's an environmental catastrophe.

post 28 July 2015
Saif al Islam sentenced to death - but Libyan judicial system is far from fair

The death sentences passed down on eight Gaddafi era officials, including the dictator's son Saif al Islam, are unlikely to cause much outrage in Libya. In fact, they may be a cause for celebration.

post 14 July 2015
Today's Iran deal is a triumph for international diplomacy

The most astonishing aspect of today's deal on Iran's nuclear capability is that neither side is negotiating the terms of its defeat.

post 13 July 2015
Why an Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences

A deal on Iran's nuclear programme would be a historic event - but it could come at the expense of angering some of the US's staunchest allies.

post 10 July 2015
There is a corner... mourn but don't militarise terror deaths

I found myself thinking about Rupert Brooke's soldier this morning as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and think about British tourists who were murdered in Tunisia.

post 29 June 2015
Syria: where will the pieces fall?

All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put Syria together again. So now neighbouring countries are preparing to intervene.

post 26 June 2015
General Karenzi: bluster and fury won't change the law

I have never heard President Kagame of Rwanda so angry. As he addressed parliament in Kigali yesterday his words dripped with fury and venom.

post 26 June 2015
Rwandan spy chief General Karenzi granted bail

Rwanda's intelligence chief has been granted bail by a London court - after he refused consent to his extradition to Spain over alleged war crimes.

post 22 June 2015
UK arrests one of Rwanda's most senior military officers

The detention of General Emmanuel Karake Karenzi will strain relationships between Rwanda and the UK. He is expected to go before a court on Thursday.

post 17 June 2015
Life under Islamic State: the devotion of some young Syrians

"Were you afraid of Jihadi John?" "No, because I'm a Muslim. He was right to kill those journalists because they were all spies under the cover of journalism."

post 16 June 2015
Islamic State: Syrian child refugees' reflections

"Islamic State is good," said 15 year old Mohammed. "The girls don't like it because they have to cover up but that's right in Islam."

post 15 June 2015
'Marlboro Man' Belmokhtar killed - but the jihadi threat is growing

The killing near Benghazi of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, al-Qaeda's top man in north Africa, is unlikely to quell the rising jihadi movement in Libya and the surrounding region.

post 05 June 2015
Risks and lies on the road to Europe

The African migrants I met in the Misrata detention centre have a lot in common with journalists and politicians - just look at their attitude to risk and their relationship with the truth.

post 04 June 2015
Do you blame the migrant men in Misrata?

In the hierachy of sympathy, young African men come right at the bottom. Migrant children or women might be victims, but men? They can look after themselves.

post 03 June 2015
Could Libya's 4 x 4 daredevils drive out the Islamic State?

They perform dangerous turns in 4x4s on the sand dunes of Misrata. But what chance Libya's young men will turn their testosterone to fight a new enemy, more dangerous than Gadaffi?