Minecraft has always been an intriguing game for me. Even though I have long passed my phase for the game, I still enjoy seeing the works of art people can create in the game. However, never did imagine it could also be used to preserve freedom of journalism and information from countries that have outlawed certain texts in the form of “The Uncensored Libary”.
According to the creators:
Providing access to independent information to young people around the world through a medium they can playfully interact with. Journalists from five different countries now have a place to make their voices heard again, despite having been banned, jailed, exiled and even killed.
Their forbidden articles were republished in books within Minecraft, giving readers the chance to inform themselves about the real political situation in their countries and learn the importance of press freedom.
Let’s empower the next generation to stand up for their right to information and give them a powerful tool to fight oppressive leaders: knowledge. Together with the ever-expanding gaming community, we will show the world that the truth will never be silenced!
Often times, we in the western world forget how privileged we’re when it comes to freedom of speech in reporting and journalism. Other parts of the world are not as lucky, so a project like this is not only incredibly impressive in its scale, but important in our pursuit for pure exchange for information. It allows residents in their respective countries to learn about that happening in their own countries without worrying about it all getting censored.
In a time where people always project a negative aspect and outlook of gaming, it’s important to highlight the good that can be done with gaming.
If you got the time, do check The Uncensored Libary out, it is absolutely fantastic and vital in our day in age digital information.