Sudan and the Revolution Post-Bashir

A military crackdown in Sudan has left more than 100 pro-democracy protesters dead, hundreds missing and many more injured, just weeks after they offered support in overthrowing the country’s dictator. One month on, Channel 4 News’s Yousra Elbagir, BBC correspondent and author James Copnall and chairperson of the Sudanese Journalists Forum Othaylat Suliman discuss the country’s future and the democratic struggles with the military post-Bashir.


Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News International Editor, and has covered many of the conflicts of recent years including in Syria, Ukraine and the Arab Spring. She was in Baghdad for the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and in Belgrade for the 1999 NATO bombing. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide began. She has won awards from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA amongst others, and received the 2017 Patron’s Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. She has just published a biography: “In Extremis – the Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin”.


Yousra Elbagir is an award-winning journalist currently working as a foreign affairs correspondent for Channel 4 News. As a reporter and writer, Yousra works to push counter-narratives to the forefront of international media & engage young audiences through innovative storytelling. Her work has been featured on HBO, Channel 4, BBC Africa, BBC Radio 4, CNN, The Financial Times, The Guardian and many more. As a freelance correspondent for Vice News Tonight on HBO she has covered stories including a child gambling crisis in Kenya, Russia’s first gay married couple seeking asylum in the Netherlands, riots over social media tax in Uganda and Israel’s deported African migrants. Born in Sudan, Yousra is fluent in Arabic and English.

James Copnall is a BBC reporter and presenter and author of A Poisonous Thorn in our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce. He was the BBC correspondent for Sudan and South Sudan 2009-12, based in Khartoum. He was previously the BBC correspondent for Ivory Coast and Morocco.

Othaylat Suliman is a TV broadcast journalist and former manager of Al Arabiya TV’s Sudan bureau (2008 – 2013). She is also as chairperson of the Sudanese Journalists Forum (UK).