FIDESZ - Péter Molnár
Founders of a democratic Hungary
The second of the 1989 Rafto Prizes was awarded to FIDESZ, (Fiatal Demokraták Szövetsége), the alliance of young democrats founded in 1988 as a liberal youth organization that played a very important role in the transition to democracy in Hungary
Péter Molnár received the Rafto Prize on behalf of FIDESZ as one of its founders and also as a member of leadership at that time. Péter Molnár is a writer, activist, former Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Hungary (1990-1998) and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University in Budapest.
He specializes in enabling policies for freedom of speech, a subject he has been teaching since 1994. 'Searchers', the play based on his novel, received awards for the best alternative and the best independent play in Hungary in 2007.
FIDEZ became a liberal party in 1990. Some years later, the party was transformed fundamentally and now does not exist as a liberal party. For the Rafto Foundation, Péter Molnár represents the liberal spirit of the organization that was awarded the prize in 1989.