At a special event in Perth on 15 September 2015, HRH The Princess Royal presented the RSGS Mungo Park Medal to award-winning journalist Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News’ International Editor and the author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution.
Lindsey has reported from Turkey, Syria, Cameroon and Ukraine. She has covered the major conflicts of the past two decades, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in 2011 she reported the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Bahrain. She has also 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 front-line marine unit, and in 1994 she was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide started.
The Mungo Park Medal is awarded to those who show an outstanding contribution to geographical knowledge through exploration or adventure in potentially hazardous physical or social environments. With her experience of bringing us the latest news from the front lines of conflicts around the world, Lindsey certainly earned her award.