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Mascarenhas was a journalist who was the assistant editor at The Morning News (Karachi). After collecting information on the atrocities committed in Bangladesh, he realised he could not publish the story in Pakistan and contacted Harold Evans of The Sunday Times. Before the publication of his report in 1971, he moved his family to Britain. Thereafter, he worked for 14 years with The Sunday Times. Afterwards, he was a freelance writer.
In 1972, he was awarded the Granada's Gerald Barry Award for lifetime achievement in journ-alism (ceremony on What The Papers Say), as well as the International Publishing Company's Special Award for reporting on the human rights violations committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War.
having "exposed for the first time the scale of the Pakistan army's brutal campaign to suppress its breakaway eastern province".
The BBC writes: "There is little doubt that Mascarenhas' reportage played its part in ending the war. It helped turn world opinion against Pakistan and encouraged India to play a decisive role.” Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi stating that Mascarenhas' article led her "to prepare the
ground for India's armed intervention".
The Bangladeshi government honoured Mascarenhas's contribution to the nation during the 1971 liberation war by preparing an official list of names. – Frederick Noronha