Lindsey Hilsum , International Editor

Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News' International Editor and the author of 'Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution'.

In recent years she has covered the early weeks of the Trump administration, conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, terror attacks in Europe and the journeys of refugees. Previously she reported the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2011 she was an eyewitness to the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Bahrain. She has reported extensively from Iran and Zimbabwe, and was Channel 4 News China Correspondent from 2006 to 2008. During the 2004 US assault on Falluja, she was embedded with a frontline marine unit, and in 1994, was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide started.

She has been Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, and won the Charles Wheeler Award and the James Cameron Award as well as recognition from the One World Broadcasting Trust, Amnesty International and BAFTA.

Her writing has been featured in the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Observer and Granta, among other publications. She is currently writing a biography of the late war correspondent, Marie Colvin. Before becoming a journalist, she was an aid worker, first with OXFAM in Latin America and then with UNICEF in Africa.

  • 13 Mar 2018

    After the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, other countries have also been accused of targeting exiles and dissidents. I have been talking to one Rwandan living in the UK who has been warned by police that there is an “imminent threat” to his life from his former government.

  • 7 Mar 2018

    The red carpet was rolled out for the Saudi crown prince’s visit to Britain today, but Theresa May said she would raise human rights issues in her talks with Mohammed bin Salman, as Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of “colluding” in war crimes by Saudi forces in the Yemen civil war. Mrs May strongly defended…

  • 6 Mar 2018

    British businesses are hoping for a bonanza from tomorrow’s visit by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. They’re hoping to benefit from his ambitious plans to modernise the Saudi economy. Since being elevated to the position of Crown Prince last year, he’s led an anti-corruption crackdown and pushed for social reforms, including allowing…

  • 26 Feb 2018

    He is already one of the world’s most powerful politicians. Is he about to be given the job for life? China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping the two-term limit of President Xi Jinping. That means he could remain in office indefinitely. And it gives some indication of how successful he has been in crushing…

  • 23 Feb 2018

    Aid needs to get in, the wounded need to get out. Syrian forces have kept up their relentless bombardment of the rebel-held suburb of eastern Ghouta, with anti-government activists saying more than 30 people were killed there today. But a UN resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire that was expected to go to the Security…

  • 22 Feb 2018

    For five long days Eastern Ghouta’s four hundred thousand people have been in hiding from the constant torrent of Russian and Syrian bombs. Hardly a soul has been seen moving on what’s left of the streets. A world away in New York, stalemated diplomats are still meeting in the UN Security Council toiling to win…

  • 15 Feb 2018

    After weeks of negotiations, South Africa finally has a new president. Jacob Zuma agreed to step down last night, paving the way for Cyril Ramaphosa to be sworn in today. In his first address to parliament, Ramaphosa vowed to tackle the endemic corruption that had dogged Zuma’s presidency and said he would “try very hard…

  • 14 Feb 2018

    The long-time Zimbabwe opposition leader and former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has died. His party’s vice president confirmed the news, saying “we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy”.

  • 14 Feb 2018

    South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma hasn’t resigned yet, declaring earlier today that he saw no reason to stand down and had done nothing wrong. That could all change later tonight: Zuma is due to make another statement within the next hours. Either way, his days in power are certainly numbered, with a no-confidence motion in…

  • 13 Feb 2018

    In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma is clinging to power tonight, moving the country further into a political crisis. After a 13-hour marathon meeting yesterday, the highest committee of the President’s party, the ANC, decided to call on their candidate to resign, but so far he has resisted. The ANC’s secretary-general today said that the…

  • 12 Feb 2018

    The South African president Jacob Zuma has reportedly been recalled by the top committee of his party after an all-day meeting which is still under way outside Pretoria. Although there has been no official word from inside sources say the process to remove him from office is now underway. Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum is…

  • 11 Feb 2018

    South Africa is expected to finally learn if their president Jacob Zuma will resign or be forced from office tomorrow. The future of the embattled president has been in doubt for some time. But at an event in Cape Town marking 28 years since Nelson Mandela was released from prison, the ANC’s president and Zuma’s…

  • 9 Feb 2018

    The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma could be out of power within days, but residents in Cape Town are facing uncertainty of another kind: their water supply is fast running out. After three years of relentless drought, a rapidly expanding population and accusations of poor planning by authorities, day zero, when the taps are…

  • 7 Feb 2018

    The South African President Jacob Zuma is another step closer to resigning tonight. He’s been locked in talks all day with the ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • 6 Feb 2018

    The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma is under yet more pressure to resign, as officials delayed the annual state of the nation address that he was due to give on Thursday. Zuma is facing a series of corruption charges and senior ANC leaders have urged him to step down. So can Zuma survive?