On 12th March 2020 on the World Day Against Cyber Censorship, the Uncensored library was available for all those who were interested. The Uncensored library allows access to depended information to young people all around the world through a medium they can use to communicate through games. The library is available through the Minecraft servers with the aim to share information without censorship. This is very important to all the journalists in the world, especially in parts of the world where freedom of speech is restricted, allowing the visitors to get informed about the real political situation in the countries and to be able to learn the importance of freedom of the press.
The digital library was first “opened” last year when Minecraft players were allowed to read uncensored articles from Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, and Vietnam and this year, Belarus and Brazil were added, countries where the access to free news and information is very limited (Source).
The library is a project of enormous proportions; build in a neoclassical architectural style. It is meant to function similarly to well-known institutions such as the Public library in New York. The library uses over 12,5 million blocks of Minecraft. Every country which is featured in the library, as well as the part for the Reporters without borders, has its own wing which has numerous articles available in English as well as in the original language the article was published. The articles in the library are incorporated in books within the game that can be accessed through the shelves and be read by several players at the same time. These articles usually talk about censorship, unlawful punishments, and other types of critics towards the governments that have been done to the author of the article.
The internal architecture of the room for each of the countries symbolizes the unique situation in each country and the challenges that the journalists there are faced with. Additionally, the library has a main room where the Index of the freedom of speech is given and the present situation of freedom of speech for each country stated in the Index. The Mexican part of the library also has the monuments of the journalists who have been killed because of their writings. The library has over 200 different books that contain a lot of information.
Author: G. Azmanov (9-1)