Juan Carlos Lezcano

ABC Color

Juan Carlos Lezcano Flecha was born in Asunción (Paraguay) in 1992. His first steps in the world of journalism were in the weekly Observador Semanal, published as part of the daily Última Hora, the second largest paper of Paraguay. In 2011 he joined the daily ABC Color, first as helper for content and then as a proper reporter. In this new role, he first worked on sports. But investigations had always been his dream. He exposed the misuse of funding by the Paraguayan Minister for Sport and was thus invited, in 2014, to be part of the newly created investigative team of the paper. In 2013 he was awarded the Peter Benenson prize of Amnesty International in Paraguay and in 2015 he was awarded the Periodista Amigo de la Niñez prize by the NGO Global Infancia. Since 2013 he has also been a member of Connectas Hub, a network that unites investigative journalists from Latin America. Both in 2015 and 2016 he was invited as a speaker to the Latin-american conference of investigative journalism in Panama. This year he presented the investigation on the 'Ndrangheta cocaine brokers he did with Cecilia Anesi, Giulio Rubino and Giuseppe Legato.

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