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Mazhar Farooqui

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Multiple award-winning Dubai-based investigative journalist and Editor of news tabloid XPRESS published by Gulf News muckrack.com/mazharfarooqui

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Biography

Award-winning Dubai based investigative journalist and Editor of news tabloid XPRESS published by Gulf News.
Previously worked for leading publications like The Times of India, Hindustan Times and The Pioneer

What was your first job as a journalist?

Rewrite and bring value to a story where a politician was accused of rape

Have you ever used a typewriter?

YES

How is social media changing news?

It has increased viewership but at the same time led to an unprecedented boom in the fake news industry

SHARJAH GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AWARD FOR BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

2013 - Investigative Journalism
Bagged the $7,000 inaugural Sharjah Government Communication Award for Best Investigative Report for an expose that revealed how schools in Dubai go to extreme lengths in a bid to get top ratings from education regulator KHDA. These ratings determine the percentage of fee hike a school is allowed.

KARPOOR CHANDRA KULISH AWARD

2014 - Investigative Journalism
Bagged the Karpoor Chandra Kulish (KCK) International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism (Merit) for the investigative story: ‘I am an Idiot, Yet I am Hired’. http://gulfnews.com/xpress/uae-s-biggest-recruitment-racket-exposed-1.689523 which blew the lid off a massive recruitment racket in the UAE