Virtual Library Established Within Minecraft Aims to Protect Press Freedom Around the World

By Alistair Jones on at

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international non-profit aimed at helping promote free access to information, is creating a virtual library within Minecraft to house censored information and articles from across the world.

In an announcement last night, RSF revealed a sprawling museum, built by studio BlockWorks entirely within the block-building game. The creation is incredibly impressive in its own right, but what's inside is more important - "the library is filled with books, containing articles that were censored in their country of origin."

Those articles cover a host of topics, and "can be read by anyone on the server," but their content can't be edited. What's more, hidden within Minecraft, government surveillance technology won't be able to find it. The library currently features articles from journalists in Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam, which are among the lowest-performing countries on the RSF's World Press Freedom Index, all translated into English.