Tommy Robinson was our most rambunctious employee. He told me once that he never had a boss before in his whole life, and I believe it.
When we parted ways amicably a few months ago, I knew Tommy would be even more newsworthy, because he would be unrestrained by our corporate policies.
I told you on Friday that I saw him doing a Facebook livestream from the street in front of the court house in Leeds, UK. It certainly looked like he was following the rules. But then he was arrested, and in an hour or two, was sentenced to 13 months in prison.
And in England, the whole story is under a publication ban.
I spoke several times with Tommy’s wife and family and lawyer over the past few days.
The family tells me they want to wait until they speak to Tommy before making any decision on crowdfunding or any other offers of help.
But there is one thing we can do, one thing we have standing to do, without his instruction or his family’s instruction.
And that is:
The Rebel Media is based in North America. But the Rebel News Network UK Limited, our UK sister company, has the standing to go to court and to fight against this ban.
We have hired an outstanding lawyer who has worked with Tommy before: Daniel Berke. He is already working on our emergency application.
It’s shocking that it falls to us — a small, independent, Internet-based news company — to fight for freedom of the press and open courts in the United Kingdom.
Now, we’re going to crowdfund this, as we always do. We don’t have huge budgets like the BBC or Channel 4 or Sky or ITV. So if you want to help us crowdfund this court challenge to the gag order, please visit our website, LetUsReport.com
(NOTE that this is separate from Tommy Robinson’s own case: This is simply to pay our legal costs for challenging the publication ban in the UK.)
There is also a petition at LetUsReport.com that we will deliver next week to the UK Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, demanding an investigation into the shocking treatment of Tommy by police and prosecutors.
Tommy’s not with our company. But we ought to help him — even if that just means getting rid of this publication ban...
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