Having a cup of tea in Yemen back sometime in 2010


Colin Freeman is a British journalist. Raised in Scotland, he started his career on the Grimsby Evening Telegraph in the mid-90s, then moved to the London Evening Standard. After a disastrous spell as local government correspondent, he went to post-Saddam Iraq, where he picked up work for The Sunday Telegraph, which later made him chief foreign correspondent. He spent the next 12 years covering stories across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He was once shot in the backside in Iraq – much to the amusement of friends – and in Somalia, was kidnapped by pirates for six weeks. Since leaving The Telegraph in 2016, he has returned to freelancing. He now contributes to The Telegraph magazine, The Economist, The Spectator, The Sunday Times, the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent, The British Journalism Review, and pretty much anywhere else that will have him.

He is the author of two books of non-fiction. “The Curse of the Dulaimi Hotel” is about life in post-war Iraq. “Kidnapped – life as a Somali pirate hostage” is about his experience of being abducted by pirates. For further details see the “Books” section of this website or go to Colin’s Amazon author page.

He Tweets at @Colinfreeman99

PS this website is intended as a collection of various bits of his journalism over the years, but it’s still a work in progress. Which is why certain stories are as of yet missing pictures etc…