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 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.

post 17 February 2015
Libya: is it better to leave dictators in their place?

The disaster of Libya provided much of the reason for not aiding Syrians who rose against dictatorship in 2012. But is the best course of action to do nothing?

post 16 February 2015
Could the rise of Islamic State prove fatal for Libya?

Many Libyans who fought to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are in despair. They know their failure to curb the rise in Islamic State could be deadly for their disintegrating country.

post 09 February 2015
Crunch time at the UN as candidates vie for top job

The UN is frequently accused of waste and incompetence. Maybe if they started appointing senior people on merit that might change.

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 Haram¿s 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.