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 27 January 2015
Libyans hope for law and order as country is torn apart

Today's attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, is a symbol of the anarchy that has come to characterise the country.

post 22 January 2015
Today's anti-IS meeting is fantasy masquerading as policy

With Iraq riven by sectarianism and corruption, don't expect any public statements from today's London meeting of anti-IS nations to bear much relationship to reality on the ground.

video 19 January 2015 World, Nigeria

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The global spread of jihadi extremism - video

Quite apart from the gruesome activities IS, the similarly-motivated Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria is spreading terror into neighbouring Cameroon.

post 16 January 2015
Ignoring Boko Haram could be Nigeria's greatest mistake

Goodluck Jonathan has acted as if Boko Haram is a minor irritant rather than an existential threat. It may be his greatest misjudgment.

post 15 January 2015
New satellite images reveal devastation of Boko Haram massacre

The attack, thought to be the deadliest in Boko Harams history, saw the town largely razed to the ground as hundreds and possibly as many as two thousand civilians were killed.

post 02 December 2014
Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki: time to step up the war in Syria

It's startling to hear someone advocate all out warfare: no negotiations with Iran, a campaign to defeat Assad by military means, faith in a "moderate" opposition.

post 01 December 2014
Syria's victims of the mathematics of global aid

What is wrong with us? While people and governments give generously to appeals for the victims of earthquakes and disease, they balk when it comes to those fleeing conflict.

post 26 November 2014
UN role for Cameron's mate Lansley would be 'appalling'

A chorus of concern is growing at the prospect of David Cameron's former Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley being put forward for a senior humanitarian role at the United Nations.

post 24 November 2014
Times may have changed for Iran - but US Republicans haven't

As world powers struggle to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme, Republicans in the US could prove the biggest obstacle to an agreement.

post 21 November 2014
Monday at midnight: will we see nuclear peace in our time?

Will a deal on Iran's nuclear programme lead to rapprochement between the US and the Islamic state after 35 years of enmity?

post 16 November 2014
What the horrific Kassig murder video tells us about IS

The video is horrific, but it provides intelligence services with clues about how IS leaders think, critically important for those seeking more effective ways to defeat this death cult.

post 08 November 2014
Berlin 1989 - the miracle that blinded us to the truth about revolution

My generation was blinded by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bloodless revolutions are few and far between.

article 06 November 2014 UK, Libya
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'Thursday night was riot night' at Bassingbourn base

"A bunch of militamen were in control of a British army base in the UK". A whistleblower gives his shocking account of the Libyan army training fiasco to International Editor Lindsey Hilsum.

post 04 November 2014
'Asking for trouble': Libyan soldiers sent home amid rape allegations

The debacle of Libyan soldiers accused of rape while on a training course near Cambridge symbolises the chaos of both post-revolutionary Libya and British policy.

post 03 November 2014
Internet firms 'in denial' over terror role, warns GCHQ

The GCHQ director Robert Hannigan has accused internet firms of being "in denial" of the role their networks play in terrorism. Lindsey Hilsum reports.

post 26 October 2014
Syria: still dreaming of the future after war

The war in Syria has left devastation and despair in its trail. But the students at Aleppo University dare not stop believing a better future is still within their grasp.

post 22 October 2014
What I'll remember from four days in Aleppo

Power cuts, stopped clocks and no school: just another day in the life of the people of Aleppo, which has been devastated by Syria's war.

video 21 October 2014 Syria

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The battle for Aleppo - video

International Editor Lindsey Hilsum is given a tour around Aleppo, Syria. Some areas are still in the hands of the Free Syrian Army, but they are squeezed between IS militants and the Syrian regime.

post 19 October 2014
Armenians in Aleppo regard Turkey as 'first enemy'

At least half of Aleppo's Armenians have left the country. Once again, their community is divided and endangered. And once again, they regard Turkey as the chief cause of their problems.