Instruction for cohabitation? Respect and tolerance
János Kokes was born on 19 October, 1952 in the village of Horna Kralova, region Šaľa, in the Southern Slovakia as the first out of four children. His parents were of Hungarian nationality. After finishing elementary school in 1968 he studied technical secondary school in Komarno. During studies he began to get interested in politics and was successful with his journalist work. In 1972 he was offered studies in socialistic abroad just before graduation and due to his political activities also a membership in the communist party. He chose the university in Bukurest, where he began studying languages in autumn the same year. He accepted the membership and later, during his high school studies in 1975, also entered the party. Due to demanded Rumanian and Hungarian language knowledge he successfully got a job in foreign department of the Czechoslovak Press Office in Prague, where he started a permanent job in autumn 1977. Soon he was gathering his first practical experience at the representative site in Bucharest. Following was a year of an obligatory military service and three months intelligence praxis in Moscow. In 1980-1984 he worked as a CTK reporter in Bucharest, where he was reposted in 1988. In Bucharest he as the only Czech journalist experienced dramatic days in December 1989, which followed changes of former regime. After two years of reporting services in Bucharest and changes in the CTK he worked for various politicians and representatives of the Czech and Slovak Republic, for example Vaclav Havel or Vaclav Klaus. Currently he is employed at a Hungarian Press Agency MTI. He acts as a chief- editor of a magazine of national minorities the Prague Mirror. He published four books. He has two grown-up children and lives with his wife in Prague.