Explore the Uncensored Library with Tobias Natterer

Our new podcast about dictators and uncensored art

13.10.2021  |  by Cato Verhoeven  |  Designalism

Tobias Natterer is a creative concepter and copywriter at DDB Germany who fought oppression and censorship by collaborating with Reporters Without Borders on two projects: The Uncensored Library and The Uncensored Playlist.

The Uncensored Library is made in a public, free and immensely popular video game called Minecraft. It shows censored articles from seven countries. Tobias: “Technically, the URL of the library could be blocked. But we have a download link, so that every player can download the whole library and save it on their computer. Every download can be uploaded again to open a new library and invite new people.” The library is protected by blockchain technology, so that new users are not able to change the articles or the library.

With the Uncensored Playlist, journalists from five countries suffering from strict government censorship teamed up. They turned ten articles that had previously been censored into pop songs. Tobias: “Dictators cannot just forbid a single song on Spotify. They would have to forbid Spotify altogether.” And thus, the Uncensored Playlist stayed available in these censored countries and now have thousands of views.

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About the Author

Cato Verhoeven


Cato Verhoeven

Intern Journalism

IJsbrand van Veelen


Jasper Schelling

Head of Technologies

Koen van Assema

Audio Recording

Mateo Broillet

Graphic Design

Noortje van Eekelen

Creative Director

Tim Brandwijk

Audio Design

Tobias Natterer