Sarah Malik is a Sydney-based investigative journalist and freelance writer.
Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, ABC’s The Drum, The Saturday Paper and The Guardian. She has also worked as a freelance producer/researcher for Al Jazeera English.
She graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with degrees in Law and Journalism. She has previously worked as an online producer for smh.com.au and as a news journalist for the Australian Associated Press.
In 2016 she presented and produced a podcast series ‘In My Shoes’ featured on ABC Radio National’s Earshot program exploring race and identity in modern Australia. The series featured a roster of talent from Australia’s arts, entertainment and journalism worlds, exploring some of the negotiations that constitute the everyday experience of non-Anglo Australians. The show explores the tensions of negotiating race, culture, self-esteem and artistic expression in a racialised political climate with the rise of the extreme right both in Australia and globally; and examine the impact of this on the lives of minority communities in the west.
In 2015 – 2016 she worked on a series of stories with the Guardian’s Ben Doherty on Egyptian asylum seeker Sayed Abdellatif.
The Guardian’s exclusive investigative series revealed:
– Mr Abdellatif’s indefinite detention without charge was based on a conviction in an Egyptian court secured by the use of torture
– immigration minister Scott Morrison defied his own department’s advice in unilaterally denying Mr Abdellatif the right to apply for a visa, and
– the extraordinary circumstances of Mr Abdellatif’s detention without trial, and the indignities of the detention of his wife and six children.
– a UN report labelling Mr Abdellatif’s continued detention as ‘arbitrary and disproportionate’ and directing the Australian government to release the family and provide compensation for their incarceration.
Inside Villawood, the Abdellatif family spoke of being at the centre of political and media firestorms and the difficulties of being separated within the same detention centre. Mr Abdellatif revealed the daily indignities of life behind the razor wire and its impact on the physical and mental health of his wife and children.
The stories were recognised as a finalist for journalism excellence in the 2015 Migration and Settlement awards:
She has previously worked as a journalism lecturer at Monash University and taught digital journalism at Sydney University.
Sarah is interested in asylum, surveillance, race, multiculturalism, feminism, digital media, mental health, spirituality and literature – most notably themes around migration, diaspora, identity and belonging.
She also likes watching Bollywood films, drinking chai (not chai lattes or ‘chai tea’) and swimming in the sea.