Right-wing UK activist/journalist Tommy Robinson was put in jail Friday after standing outside of a British court hearing and reporting on an alleged child grooming gang.
I am hearing reports that Tommy Robinson has been arrested for ‘a breach of the peace’ while live-streaming a report on a grooming gang (sex slave) trial at Leeds Crown Court. Further reports say he has received a custodial sentence. What kind of Police state have we become?
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) May 25, 2018
Tommy Robinson has been arrested in Leeds court for reporting on grooming gangs. More updates to follow pic.twitter.com/iEPDoNOKHM
— Caolan Robertson (@CaolanRob) May 25, 2018
The far-right activist showed men entering Leeds Crown Court in a livestream on Facebook, where he claimed to be “reporting” on the case.
After more than an hour of broadcasting, footage showed police officers approaching to arrest him for alleged breach of the peace and incitement.
“Can you get me a solicitor?” he asked his supporters while being searched and bundled into a police van. “This is ridiculous, I haven’t said a word…I’ve done nothing.”
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, had claimed that verdicts were due on Friday but court officials confirmed that the trial of nine defendants is ongoing.
“This isn’t contempt of court?” he asked during the broadcast. “You are allowed to do this, aren’t you?”
Notice that the Independent refers to his reporting on this very serious matter as “reporting.”
He’s been sentenced to 13 months in jail for reporting on Muslim rape gangs. Oh. And the judge basically said no one in the UK can report on this entire debacle. Isn’t that just dandy?
The judge in Tommy Robinson's case, Denise Marson, pulled a neat trick today.
She threw him in jail for 13 months, and banned anyone in the UK from talking about it.
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) May 25, 2018
The judge in the case on Friday slapped a reporting ban on the case. The order bans reporters from reporting on a case if there is reason to believe the reporting could prejudice a trial. The order prevents reporting until the conclusion of the trial Robinson was reporting on.
The gag order led to news outlets in the U.K. removing their reporting from their websites to comply with the order. Most remaining reporting in the U.K. comments on Robinson’s arrest, but not on his purported sentencing.
Sources with knowledge of Robinson’s case spoke on condition of anonymity in part because of fear they would be arrested for contempt. One told Fox that Robinson’s lawyer warned that, considering the presence of Muslim gang members in prison, a 13-month sentence was tantamount to a death sentence.
“Tommy’s lawyer said he will likely die in jail given his profile and previous credible threats, and the judge basically said he doesn’t care,” the source said. “He sentenced him to 13 months in prison.”
So here we are. Because the UK sucks, #FreeTommy is necessary.
— Vervima Media (@VervimaMedia) May 26, 2018
— BJDJ #IAmTommy (@1BJDJ) May 26, 2018
#FreeTommy free speech is dying only American can hold them to account because British citizens are not allowed to speak on this matter please spread the word because this could affect us all in the future it's Tommy Robinson today it could be you tomorrow. @realDonaldTrump
— Blue Bear🐻BLUEofhouseGILES (@GilesBlue) May 26, 2018
— Allied Atheist All. (@AlliedAtheistAl) May 26, 2018
Well done to all that continue to fight for #freedomoffspeech in the #UKPolicestate This will not be the end as we all knew after #DayForFreedom It’s only just begun. Don’t let labels like “facist” and “far-right” deter you. Stay true to what you believe! #FreeTommy
— Luke Edwards (@lukehedwards) May 26, 2018
What #TommyRobinson arrest teaches us is simple.
If you let the government take your weapons, you only have the illusion of freedoms.
The U.K. is now officially a dictatorship. Any Englishmen not standing up at this point deserves what is coming to them. #FREETOMMY
— Where We Go 1 (@WhereWeGo11) May 26, 2018
— Marc (@honest_marc) May 26, 2018
— 🇺🇸 (@leighton749) May 26, 2018
It doesn’t matter how you feel about Robinson. This is outrageous.
Once again, shame on the UK.
Is this what you want, America?
h/t Daily Caller