In many authoritarian countries where news sources and books are censored, the video game "Minecraft" is not. To protect the work of journalists like the late Jamal Khashoggi in places where authoritarian governments routinely censor independent media, the nonprofit Reporters Without Borders has unveiled a stunning new library, hosted virtually within the world of the popular video game Minecraft.
The project, called "The Uncensored Library," was organized for the World Day Against Cyber Censorship by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a press freedom NGO that tracks censorship, legal action against journalists, and disinformation.
這個專案名稱為「非審查圖書館」(The Uncensored Library)，由非政府組織無國界記者針對世界反對網路審查日而打造，這個組織追蹤審查機制、針對記者的訴訟行為以及假情報。
RSF said that it chose "Minecraft" because it is available in many more places than sensitive information likely to be censored. For example, Yulia Berezovskaia, editor-in-chief of the Russian news site grani.ru, which is blocked in Russia, said she's working with RSF to republish articles from her website on "Minecraft."
無國界記者表示，他們選擇 Minecraft是因為可取得這款遊戲的地方，比起會審查敏感資訊的區域多。舉例來說，俄羅斯新聞網站grani.ru主編 Yulia Berezovskaia表示，grani.ru這個網站在俄羅斯會被封鎖，但她正跟無國界記者合作，將她的文章重新發佈到Minecraft上。
Inside "The Uncensored Library," users can find books with censored content from five countries: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mexico, Russia, and Vietnam, in addition to the RSF World Press Freedom Index and reports on current press freedom in 180 countries. Users can read the stories, but they can't change them. Reporters Without Borders will add more books to the library as governments continue to censor reporting.
Minecraft declined to comment.
Minecraft has been one of the most popular games worldwide over the last 10 years. As of September, it had a staggering 112 million active players every month, a number that has reportedly grown to 145 million.
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