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.

  • 10 Jul 2018

    Ethiopia and Eritrea have officially ended their “state of war”, declaring a new era of friendship and peace. Leaders from both countries embraced on the tarmac of Asmara airport and agreed to resume trade, economic and diplomatic relations. A border war at Badme broke out between the two countries in 1998, leaving some 80,000 people…

  • 24 Jun 2018

    Women across Saudi Arabia have been celebrating being able to drive for the first time after the world’s only ban was overturned – describing it as a historic moment, finally abolishing a glaring symbol of repression. But despite the euphoria, some female activists who campaigned against the driving ban are still in jail.

  • 19 Jun 2018

    Markets have tumbled for a second day after President Trump threatened to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion. In response, Beijing has accused the United States of “blackmail” and warned it would take “comprehensive measures”. That could affect major US companies operating inside China and the global economy.

  • 15 Jun 2018

    China has accused the United States of launching a trade war, after President Trump declared he would impose tariffs of 25% on Chinese imports worth $50 billion. Beijing immediately threatened to respond in kind, to defend its national interests. This was after the US imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminium from Canada and the…

  • 12 Jun 2018

    How does today’s meeting compare with other peace summits between world leaders? Think Nixon in China, or Reagan and Gorbachev. But North Korea is not a great power, just an impoverished country with a nuclear weapon and a history of cheating on diplomatic deals. So was this the beginning of a real shift in world…

  • 5 Jun 2018

    The US-led coalition showed scant regard for civilian lives in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Amnesty International has declared, claiming its air assault last year “killed hundreds and injured thousands of civilians”. The coalition has dismissed Amnesty’s claim as “grossly inaccurate”, saying IS fighters had used civilians as collateral damage.  

  • 31 May 2018

    When someone comes to you and says here’s an order for your killing, do you say: “I’m thinking about the media’s reputation! Let me be killed”? That was the question posed by unrepentant Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who has faced widespread criticism for working with the Ukrainian authorities to fake his own death. The plan…

  • 25 May 2018

    Yesterday it was all off. But today President Trump’s planned summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un could be back on again after he said he was “talking to them now”, declaring “everybody plays games”. Twenty four hours, it seems, is a very long spin cycle in international relations, Trump style.

  • 24 May 2018

    Next month’s summit with the North Koreans was supposed to be a foreign policy triumph for President Trump. He said his threats of military action, often in tweets aimed the leader he mocked as “little rocket man”, coupled with sanctions, had driven Kim Jong-un to discuss abandoning his nuclear ambitions. But today – after the…

  • 16 May 2018

    The United Nations is holding a special session of its top human rights body tomorrow to discuss the killing of scores of demonstrators by the Israeli Defence Forces at the Gaza border fence. Today another country followed the United States by opening its embassy in Jerusalem.

  • 16 May 2018

    While hundreds of Palestinians are mourning their dead, life for most Israelis has largely been unaffected by the Gaza protests. And support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hardline stance against unrest in the enclave remains strong.

  • 14 May 2018

    Hagai El-Ad is executive director of the human rights organisation, B’Tselem.

  • 14 May 2018

    The anger and consequent bloodshed in Gaza was in response to events in Jerusalem.

  • 13 May 2018

    Donald Trump sent his daughter and son-in-law today, while he appeared on video, to celebrate the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. No other countries have their embassies in Jerusalem with diplomats kept an hour away in Tel Aviv – so as not to show support for rival claims to the Holy City. And…

  • 12 May 2018

    On Monday it will be the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. But a day later Palestinians observe Nakba, in which they commemorates the loss of their homes and the beginning of the first Arab-Israeli War. The word means catastrophe. Close to a million Palestinians fled from their homes in the…