6. Reporting with Bodyguards on the Paraguayan Border

By John Otis


Cándido Figueredo, veteran border-beat reporter for Paraguay’s largest newspaper, travels with armed bodyguards on the rare occasions that he leaves the safety of his home.

Source: John Otis

Like a riveting lead to one of his stories on cocaine smugglers and crime bosses, Paraguayan journalist Cándido Figueredo makes a dramatic first impression.

When Figueredo meets a visitor from CPJ in his hometown of Pedro Juan Caballero, located on Paraguay’s eastern border with Brazil, two bodyguards with submachine guns occupy the back seat of his pickup. Trailing his vehicle is another ...

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