• Published on 22 Sep 2014 Sections Africa, Libya, World

    Murdered in the fight to build a democratic Libya

    18-year-old Libyan civil society activist Tawfik Bensaud was killed on Friday, probably by Islamists. His friends are now struggling to keep faith in the democratic state they dream of.

  • Published on 26 Aug 2014 Sections Libya, Qatar, World

    Neither dawn nor dignity in Libya

    Libya’s rival factions are called Dawn and Dignity. But fighting means it has little chance of achieving the new dawn or the life of dignity the 2011 revolution promised.

  • Published on 28 Aug 2012 Sections Libya, World

    Sufi saints and roundheads

    I don’t suppose the men who attacked the Al Sha’ab shrine in Tripoli with jackhammers and a bulldozer on Saturday have heard of William Dowsing, writes Lindsey Hilsum.

  • Published on 18 Apr 2012 Sections World

    Channel 4 News International Editor Lindsey Hilsum recalls a conversation with the man at the centre of Libyan rendition claims on how close the CIA and MI6 became with Libyan intelligence.

  • Published on 15 Dec 2011 Sections Politics

    The art of diplomacy

    Matt Frei visits an exhibition of art normally confined to the offices and homes of British officials around the world with its curator the historian Simon Schama.

  • Published on 20 Oct 2011 Sections World

    Lindsey Hilsum witnesses scenes more in keeping with a funfair than Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square as families turn out to celebrate the death of the despotic Muammar Gaddafi

  • Published on 14 Oct 2011 Sections World

    As post-liberation euphoria on the streets of Tripoli starts to fade, residents of the Libyan capital are losing patience with their rustic ‘liberators’. International Editor Lindsey Hilsum reports.

  • Published on 9 Oct 2011 Sections Tunisia, World

    Normal life is returning to Tripoli, blogs Lindsey Hilsum, back in Libya to research a book on recent events in the country. Petrol is now plentiful and the population’s attention has turned to the national team’s performance in football’s African Nations Cup.

  • Published on 19 Sep 2011 Sections World

    Speeding along the road towards Tripoli, on 2 September, some graffiti caught my eye. It was scrawled in English, on a wall in the town of Zahwiya, where the uprising against Gaddafi had been so brutally put down. The message was exquisite in its simplicity. It read: “WE ARE NOT RATS.”

  • Published on 4 Sep 2011 Sections World

    Amid reports that Colonel Gaddafi’s troops have started to pull out, Bani Walid and its approaches remain insecure. It’s noon, Sunday, and the former Libyan rebels – who now call themselves the Libyan National Army (LNA) – are still negotiating with the Warfallah tribal leaders in Bani Walid over the surrender of the town.

  • Published on 20 Aug 2011 Sections World

    Lindsey Hilsum blogs on the exodus of civilians doing everything they can to flee Tripoli before war arrives.

  • Published on 13 Jun 2011 Sections World

    The difficulty of untangling stories of bombing in Tripoli – from our International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, in Tripoli.

  • Published on 11 Apr 2011 Sections World

    As Jonathan Rugman leaves Libya, he remains concerned about the civilians left behind in what he fears will be a long drawn-out conflict.

  • Published on 6 Apr 2011 Sections World

    This bright spring morning in Tripoli I set myself the challenge of buying a watch with Colonel Gaddafi’s face on it. My departing producer had acquired several as souvenirs for friends back home. A Gaddafi watch might make a novelty Christmas present, perhaps. It might even become a collectors’ item, if Libya’s rebels fulfil their…

  • Published on 6 Apr 2011 Sections World

    Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Kaim tells Jonathan Rugman the continued presence of Colonel Gaddafi should not pose a problem as far as reconciling the east and west of the country is concerned.