Sarah Malik is an Australian investigative journalist and writer. She currently works as the Deputy Editor of SBS Life.
Her work focuses on asylum, surveillance, feminism and race – most notably themes around migration, diaspora, identity and belonging.
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 presented and produced programs for ABC Radio National.
In 2016 she presented and co-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 2017 she worked on ‘Majnoon’ – exploring the impact of intersecting discrimination on the mental health of Muslim migrant and refugee communities. In 2018, she made a four part series for Radio National ‘Kismet’ looking at how western Muslim women navigate love, family, faith and changing gender roles.
Between 2015 – 2018 she has been working 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 in Australian detention was based on a conviction in an Egyptian court secured by the use of torture – resulting in Interpol clearing him of all charges.
The stories were recognised as a finalist for journalism excellence in the 2015 Migration and Settlement awards, nominated in the media category for the 2015 Australian Human Rights Commission awards and won highly commended at the 2015 UN Media peace prize awards.
Sarah graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with degrees in Law and Journalism. She has previously worked as a reporter for the Australian Associated Press and as a journalism lecturer and teacher at Monash and Sydney University.
She also likes watching Bollywood films, drinking chai (not chai lattes or ‘chai tea’) and swimming in the sea.