Police arrested Tommy Robinson outside the courthouse while he filmed using Facebook live. The courts had already delivered a suspended sentence to him for covering the second trial. Now they say he has breached the conditions of that suspended sentence and will be spending 13 months in prison.
In the space of the next few hours, a judge tried, convicted, and sentenced him to 13 months in jail — and also issued a gag order, demanding a total news blackout on the case in the British news media. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was immediately taken to Hull Prison.
What This is NOT About
Robinson is known for starting the English Defense League. The idea is to protect Great Britain from Muslim extremists.
But this is not about Robinson's politics. You don't have to support his message in order to be horrified that a man is being silenced by the British justice system.