Tommy Robinson is now out of prison.
The Rebel visited Tommy four times during his incarceration, and in doing so we helped ensure that he was treated properly in prison.
Where we found problems — such as the prison’s refusal to deliver his mail to him — we made a public fuss about it, and the prison bureaucrats relented. I believe we helped protect him.
And by we, I mean all of us, our reporters and of course you too, our supporters.
Without your support, we simply wouldn’t have been able to make those four prison visits, and the latest visit for Tommy's release. Tommy wouldn’t have anyone watching out for him in the media — just the haters, like at the Daily Mirror.
You can watch all the videos from our trips on this page.
Please help cover the cost of our flights and hotels by making a donation here.
Unlike the BBC, we don’t get government money, and unlike the Daily Mirror, we’re not controlled by a major corporation whose shareholders and executives hate Tommy. We’re like him — a small, independent counterpoint to the establishment.
Tommy Robinson sits down with Ezra Levant: What happened in prison, what's next
Tommy Robinson surprises his kids at home after release from prison
September 13, 2019: Tommy Robinson’s children thought he wasn’t getting out of prison until the weekend. He was waiting for them when they got home from school today.
BREAKING: Tommy Robinson has just been released from prison!
September 13, 2019: I’m delighted to report that Tommy Robinson has just been released from prison!
August 29, 2019: I had a two-hour visit with Tommy Robinson in Belmarsh Prison today, and I'm happy to report that things seem to be going well. That said, there are double standards in place: Tommy is being treated a bit differently than many other, much more dangerous, prisoners here. WATCH as I explain.
August 28, 2019: Has the world forgotten about Tommy Robinson?
Today, as promised, The Rebel's Jessica Swietoniowski is flying back to the UK to visit him in HMP Belmarsh.
BREAKING: They WILL try to MOVE Tommy Robinson!
August 16, 2019: On her way back to the airport after visiting Tommy today, Jessica delivered some truly shocking news.
August 15, 2019: As you know, we have been checking up on Tommy Robinson’s treatment in prison, to make sure he’s safe and well-treated, unlike last time.
Jessica wasn’t allowed in to visit Tommy today — but she’ll tell you what the prison authorities told her.
She will also be doing a YouTube Livestream about it at 2 p.m. UK time (9 a.m. Eastern Time) — click here to watch it directly on YouTube, and feel free to ask her any questions.
August 14, 2019: Tommy is in a form of solitary confinement — he has no interaction whatsoever with other prisoners. Between his mail and his visits, that’s all he has. And the prison is cutting both of them off. I’m worried.
I want to go back to London to see how he’s doing, but my obligations in Canada require that I be here this week. So, I’ve decided to send the only other person I trust to find the truth: our young reporter, Jessica Swietoniowski, who did such a good job covering Tommy’s campaign for the European Parliament this spring. She was the only trustworthy reporter who covered Tommy’s campaign, and she’s the only person who I would trust other than myself to visit him in prison.
I conferred with Tommy’s wife to make sure it’s OK to send Jessica to visit Tommy, and we’re going to have two other family friends with her too. I’m relying on Jessica to answer questions like: Is he getting his mail yet? Is he still being treated properly? Is he still safe?
August 8, 2019: I literally just walked out of HMP Belmarsh, the prison where Tommy Robinson is serving his sentence.
I’m in a rush to get back to the airport to catch my afternoon flight home to Canada, but I managed to do a YouTube Livestream from the car en route to Paddington Station.
August 7, 2019: Ezra spoke with Tommy’s wife yesterday, and they agreed that he’d continue to visit Tommy until he gets out:
To make sure Tommy's fine, and to give him some company. To inspect his treatment in prison — as I told you last time, the guards tried to change the conditions of that visit at the last minute. I made such a fuss I thought they were going to throw me out of the prison, but instead, they backed down.
July 26, 2019: We'll be visiting Tommy in HMP Belmarsh until he's free to make sure the whole world knows if he's being mistreated. Our first trip was a success, and this video quickly shows that journey from start to finish.
July 23, 2019: I’m pleased to say that Tommy's treatment is better this time.
But even in today's visit, the prison guards tried to pull a fast one— at the last minute, they said I would have to visit with Tommy separated by a window, and we’d have to talk with each other on phones. I told them that was unreasonable, that it was a change in policy, and it was an ambush — and a very bad sign, and that I would tell the whole world about it if the prison didn’t immediately back down.
July 23, 2019: Here is my second report from my visit to see Tommy Robinson in Belmarsh prison in London.
July 23, 2019: Today, I flew to the UK to visit Tommy Robinson in Belmarsh Prison, a high-security facility normally reserved for terrorists and other violent offenders. This is my first report, and it's a quick update; I'll have a more detailed video later today.
Tommy Robinson is in Belmarsh prison
July 19, 2019: Ezra Levant is going to visit Tommy Robinson in Belmarsh prison. Ezra want to visit him as a friend, to cheer him up — because he is in isolation, and he needs human interaction. But more specifically, to make sure he's not being mistreated.
The fact that he’s in Belmarsh is outrageous. It’s one of the most brutal prisons in the UK. It’s where terrorists and mass murderers are held. And yet Tommy Robinson was not convicted of a crime — it was a civil conviction for contempt.
It’s outrageous that he’s convicted at all, given the facts, and it’s outrageous that he's in jail at all, given the law — as you know, it’s been almost a century since a journalist served any jail time for contempt of court.
Ezra thinks it’s deliberate — because the prisons are packed with Muslim terrorists who would kill Tommy if they could. The prison warden “has to” put Tommy in isolation... “For his own good”.
Checking in on Tommy's treatment in prison:
We want to ask Tommy a lot of questions about his treatment at the hands of the prison authorities because Ezra believe that the way Tommy was treated at Her Majesty’s Prison in Onley meets the definition of torture.
As you know, they literally starved him there and refused to let him buy more food, so he lived on a can of tuna and a piece of fruit a day, losing 40 pounds (three stone as they say in the UK) in just a few months. They were keeping him in a small box, no human contact, not even a TV, for 23 and a half hours a day.
When Ezra spoke to Tommy, minutes before he was sent to prison, he told me that most of his affairs were in order — unlike when he was sent to prison in a matter of hours last year. So he didn’t ask Ezra to crowdfund for him like last time. He’s got things under control and he has some staff in place who are trustworthy.
Tommy's one request:
The one request he made of me was that I visit him in prison. And Ezra spoke with Tommy’s wife and she wanted me to visit him too. He only has a limited number of visits, so obviously, the family gets first dibs. But that’s for the family to reunite with their dad.
We're going in for a different purpose — to ask him for every detail about his treatment — stuff Tommy likely wouldn’t say in front of his kids, and might not even want to tell his wife for fear of upsetting her.
And The Rebel will keep going back as many times as I need to, to ensure that he is not abused again.
How you can help:
If you can help cover the cost of my flight, Ezra would be immensely grateful. It’s an insane trip to do there and back — in less than 24 hours for the round trip. But The Rebel journalists will do it every week if we have to, to make sure they’re not mistreating him.
If you think we need to check up on him in prison, please help me. And, of course, we'll give you a detailed report every time. Click here to donate now.