Here’s why far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been jailed

Here’s why far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been jailed

Here’s why far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been jailed

The former English Defence League leader, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sentenced on Friday, but another active trial prevented media reporting of the case until today.

Robinson was sentenced to 10 months for contempt of court and a further three months for breaching the terms of a previous contempt offense.

The judge who sentenced him said Robinson's actions could cost taxpayers "hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds".

Leeds Crown Court blocked the media from publishing anything about Robinson's imprisonment via reporting restrictions.

Matthew Harding, defending, said his client felt "deep regret" over his actions.

Robinson had originally arrived at the courthouse to cover the court cases of Muslims charged with raping young women and forcing them to serve as prostitutes.

The Contempt of Court Act 1981 protects the integrity of court proceedings in the United Kingdom - it makes sure that defendants receive a fair trial and makes any actions that could prejudice proceedings, (i.e. publishing something that could influence a jury) an offense.

The gag order backfired, turning English Defense League founder Tommy Robinson into a sort of free-speech martyr to conservatives such as Donald Trump Jr. and Roseanne Barr before the gag order was lifted Tuesday.

The self-described journalist pleaded guilty to contempt of court and breach of a suspended sentence on Friday afternoon, receiving a sentence of 13 months in prison.

At the time of his arrest, Robinson was reporting live on Facebook across from the courthouse.

According to reports about the live stream, which went on for around an hour, Robinson was attempting to confront defendants as they entered the court building, and talking about details of the trial.

The judge imposed a reporting restriction on Robinson's sentence, but it was successfully challenged Tuesday by media outlets.

"No one could possible conclude that [Robison's reportage] would be anything other than highly prejudicial to the defendants in the trail", said Judge Geoffrey Marson QC. That's one of the most important rights that we have. It could never happen here, as America's liberals are far too tolerant and too devoted to free speech.

"I am not sure you appreciate the potential outcome of what you have done".

Marson also said that the witnesses would have the trauma of having to give evidence before another jury. It's unclear where Robinson currently is right now, but the reality of how the United Kingdom is censoring its own people, for simply speaking out on certain issues. He also has convictions for disobeying a court order, possessing identity documents with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing drugs and threatening behaviour.

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