elephantjournal.com banned in China: “You Must Be Doing Something Right”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 12, 2009
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The following is a transcript of a yogini acquaintance of mine who’s in China, clicked on a Facebook link to an article I wrote, and found that elephantjournal.com is censored (blocked).


did you say something the chinese govt doesn’t like? elephant online is blocked


blocked in China? How do you know?


i’m here



we do a ton of stuff on Tibet situation


in china


what does it say?

when you try and see it?

can you send me a screen capture via email?

I’ll blog it!



i need a proxy server to look at it


that’s so funny


pretty funny


slash sad


sometimes they block the ny times too

i know


and annoying


google cooperates with China and others they kinda have to I guess but pretty weak.


yeah i mean it is weak, but its understandable

they have to compete and there are no regulations here

so they just gotta do what the other people are doing to succeed

i wish it was another way


oh well, it’s not like Google can afford to be idealistic and mission-driven. Oh…wait…



i have a friend here who works in PR for google’s competitor

and it sounds like the most evil job in the world


I’m gonna write that up I consider it a badge of honor though still sad Tibetans can’t google ‘independence’ ‘freedom’ ‘Dalai Lama’ etc…can you imagine censoring the word ‘freedom’!? That’s dark.


i know its heart breaking

anyway i thought you might appreciate to know you got a block from the govt

you must be doing something right


Yah, like Paul Newman etc were always proud to be on Nixon’s Enemies List. Thanks for telling me, you made my Sunday night.


sure thing!



now i’m paranoid the govt will find out about this conversation


if they [spy on facebook] that’d be a huge story, you’d get famous and rich in the US


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


11 Responses to “elephantjournal.com banned in China: “You Must Be Doing Something Right””

  1. i am so proud to work for ele!

  2. Todd says:

    Woohoo! I work for the “bad guys,” no wait… it’s good to be banned, so that makes us the “good guys”… oh damn. 😉

  3. Gayle Hanson says:

    Elephant online is absolutely fantastic. You are doing something right! Everyday in every way. Go Waylon!!!

  4. admin says:

    Patricia Bukur at 6:19am January 12
    Way to go Waylon! You always seem fair and honest and the Chinese Gov doesn’t like that. Keep doing what you’re doing….I’m probably banned from China too.

  5. Caroline Treadway says:

    Wow, l feel included in the revolution but that is just so wrong. Free press is one of the great and oft-underappreciated American rights!

  6. Megan Braet says:

    Wow, That is so messed up and wrong. Makes me grateful for my Freedom – or what there is of it. I think it is time for an Elephant Revolution!

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  8. It’s sad, and hilarious, and horrific all at the same time. Keep up the good work!

  9. Praia says:

    Wow! It’s unbelievable but believable. Sad. Ignorance is not bliss.

  10. Joshua Erickson, Liz Lewis Joseph, Matt Embrey and 7 others like this.

    Probably because of all your nudie pics

    "Banned in China" sounds like the title of a Rolling Stones album.

    Well done, you. 🙂
    10 hours ago · · Report
    Trine Wilson
    good press/sad commentary……I am very happy to be a FAN of yours!

    This is interesting. I was going to blog about it, and so I did a little research. First, check out this tool: http://www.websitepulse.com/help/testtools.china-… . You can use it to see if your site can be accessed in China. Currently the elephant journal can be viewed. Also, if check your Alexa stats for China you can see that you have been receiving a small amount of traffic from China for the past 6 months. That means you are not being censored in China. But that is good news, right?

    Chris Courtney
    What an honor!

    Vicky MacDonald
    Congratulations, young Waylon, you're in excellent company 🙂

    John Pappas
    @ Chad ~ Awesome tool!
    @ Elephant Journal ~ Keep up the good work.

    Chad, according to Google Analytics, we were blocked 100% until about six months ago. Now we get 350 views or something from the entire country, which is abnormally low esp considering the Buddhist content. That, coupled with firsthand account of the yoga friend above, means we're getting blocked still in some way. A year ago, when this post first went up, it was 100%–we had two views from the entire country.

    …And Andrew, as I always say, we do 9 posts to every one that's silly or sexy…but since folks click 9x more on funny or controversial posts, you get what you click on. Want more on the Everglades, or Climate Change, or ecofashion, or feminism. Then click on 'em. We always try and keep any sexuality or silliness uplifted with good content and artful respect.