Pedro X. Molina Awarded 2023 Havel Prize

As Mike Peterson mentioned in his column today, cartoonist Pedro X. Molina has been awarded the Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent 2023 from the Human Rights Foundation (“promot[ing] freedom where it’s most at risk: in countries ruled by authoritarian regimes”).

From the announcement:

The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent: Nicaraguan political cartoonist Pedro X. Molina; Ugandan novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija; and the third prize to be shared by four Ukrainian artists: the late conductor Yuriy Kerpatenko; the “Art Residency in Occupation” project; the illustrator Mariia Loniuk; and the “Stand Up for Ukraine” performance project.

© Pedro X. Molina

The Havel Prize on Pedro:

Molina is a Nicaraguan political cartoonist who was forced into exile on Christmas Day 2018 after Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega’s political police killed a journalist, jailed two others, and ransacked the offices of El Confidencial — the digital newspaper that featured Molina’s biting caricatures of Ortega and his tyranny. Molina published his first two cartoons in Barricada in 1995, later becoming a cartoonist for the digital outlet El Confidencial. In 2019, he received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, awarded by Columbia University. The same year he was recognized by Americas Quarterly as one of its Top 5 Latin American political humorists.

This year’s laureates will be recognized during a ceremony on Wednesday, June 14, at the 2023 Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) in Oslo, Norway. The Havel Prize ceremony will also be broadcast live at

Pedro lives in exile in North America where he also fights against authoritarian tendencies here.

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