See how this library in Minecraft helps journalists around the world

Human rights organisation 'Reporters Without Boarders' created a giant Minecraft library.

On the surface, this massive structure filling a whole island would be a creative wonder in and of itself, but this building hides an important secret.

Designed and maintained by an organization known as Reporters without Boarders, (or the RSF,) this giant Minecraft structure is a library, housing thousands of news articles.

It was designed as a safe haven for news that would normally be suppressed by despotic regimes, and undemocratic governments that would otherwise censor these topics from public consumption. The RWB calls it a "loophole to overcome censorship."

Minecraft is a sandbox block-building open world game, designed by small indie developer Mojang. Since it was purchased by Microsoft in 2014, Minecraft has become one of the top selling videogames of all time, and has a staggering global player base of 145 million online.

According to the RSF, The structure took three months to build, and is made from 12.5 million blocks.The flexibility of Minecraft as a sandbox world-building game gives players a surprisingly large verity of possible things to build. The 10 story building houses a wide variety of things, including books, as well as entire entire bookshelves. In the case of the 'uncensored Minecraft library', the books are entire articles, archiving important information from around the world that would otherwise be heavily censored or destroyed by countries that aren't fans of the free press.

On the official RSF website, Managing director of the German branch of the RSF had this to say:

In many countries around the world, there is no free access to information. Web- sites are blocked, independent newspapers are banned and the press is controlled by the state. Young people grow up without being able to form their own opinions. By using Minecraft, the world’s most popular computer game, as a medium, we give them access to independent information.

 RSF opened the Minecraft server hosting the library to the public on "World anti-censorship day", March 12th, and is available to the general public.

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