UPDATE: Tommy Robinson was convicted of contempt of court. He's going back to Prison.
Now, what should we do?
I sat through the whole two-day hearing, and I truly thought Tommy would be acquitted. The Attorney General had no case.
Our reporting obviously didn’t change the course of Tommy’s contempt hearing. But it did do something very important — it let the world know of the grave injustice done last week. We told the other side of the story, countering the cheering, jeering leftist media who would love to see Tommy locked up.
We rang the alarm — something Tommy himself has been unable to do ever since social media companies banned him.
You can see all our reports on Tommy's trial and sentencing on this page.
TOMMY ROBINSON IS BACK ON TRIAL
Tommy Robinson is on trial again. This is the big one. A two-day trial.
No more delays, no more preliminary skirmishes over technical matters.
The trial starts on Thursday, July 4. And by Friday afternoon, Tommy Robinson will either be free, or he will go back to prison, where he may be killed as many British prisons are run by Muslim gangs who have a fatwa out on his head.
This prosecution tomorrow is not necessary. The highest criminal judge in the UK already through the original contempt of court charge out.
THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA
And Tommy — he has no voice. He can’t do what he did when he had one million Facebook followers and almost one million Twitter fans. They shut him down.
Tommy has been silenced. And the mainstream media, who normally would be shocked that a journalist was imprisoned and given such abusive treatment in prison — well, they’re cheering for his conviction and imprisonment. They don’t care about free speech.
There will be a dozen reporters in court. But none of them will tell the truth — I have seen that with my own eyes. The British Media Party, as I’ll call them, have decided in advance to smear Tommy.
THE REAL REPORTERS
The most important fight is in the court of law but the second most important fight is in the court of public opinion. We’ve got to get the facts out, and you just can’t trust the BBC, the Guardian and the tabloids.
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I promise I’ll report comprehensively — all day on Twitter, on video during breaks from the case, and so will Jessica, and Andrew, and our other guest. And you can watch all of our reports from our trip on this page.
Thank you — and good luck to us all.
July 11, 2019 — Tommy Robinson has been sent back to prison — for the second time, for the “crime” of live-streaming his political commentary outside the trial of a rape gang in Leeds in 2018.
That political broadcast was deemed “contempt of court” even though it did not disrupt the trial, which successfully convicted the rapists.
Nonetheless, moments ago Dame Victoria Sharp and Justice Mark Warby sentenced Tommy to six months in prison. She also activated the previous suspended sentence against him, by a court in Canterbury back in 2017. That’s nine months.
By law, Tommy’s sentence will be reduced to take into account the time already served. In the end, the judge calculated, he’ll be sent to jail for 19 weeks, and let out half-way.
That’s more than two months in prison, for giving his opinions on Facebook.
If a journalist in Russia or Venezuela were to be punished in this manner, we’d call him a political prisoner.
So what do we call it when it happens in the UK?
Ezra Levant: Tommy Robinson being sentenced today
July 11, 2019 — Ezra Levant is at the sentencing of Tommy Robinson. Ezra reports before the sentencing begins.
Tommy Robinson discusses contempt verdict with Andrew Lawton
July 5, 2019 — Andrew Lawton of True North News was one of the real journalists that were brought to the UK to cover Tommy Robinson's trial. After the verdict, Tommy joined Andrew, to discuss the court's finding. Tommy said it's never been more important for people to speak up against the elites before they no longer can.
Tommy Robinson: FULL SPEECH after "guilty" verdict
July 5, 2019 — Tommy Robinson delivered a passionate speech on stage after his guilty verdict in his contempt of court trial.
July 5, 2019 — Tommy Robinson explains that his guilty verdict was a rule on politics, not “on the law.”
July 5, 2019 — Tommy Robinson has been found guilty on three counts, all related to the freedom of the press.
July 5, 2019 — Tommy Robinson has been handed a guilty verdict. Here's his message to viewers and supporters all around the world.
July 5, 2019 — Ezra Levant: "I'm shocked. I guess I was naive — I really believed that, given the prosecution's weak case against him, Tommy Robinson would be found not guilty of contempt of court. Yet this morning, the judges handed down a guilty verdict."
July 5, 2019 — We just had a lunch break in Tommy Robinson’s contempt trial. And the prosecutor made a pretty chilling admission.
July 5, 2019 — It's the morning of day two of Tommy Robinson's contempt of court trial. Jessica S. details what the prosecutor has been leading with.
July 5, 2019 — Ezra Levant is about to enter the Old Bailey courthouse in London, on the second and final day of Tommy Robinson's re-trial on contempt of court charges. Ezra provides a "morning legal briefing" describing what's happened so far, and his prediction of how day two will go.
July 4, 2019 — At the end of Day One of Tommy Robinson's two-day trial, Ezra Levant sums up the shocking testimony he heard in court that morning. This is a clip from Ezra's Premium Content show. You can watch the entire show by clicking here.
July 4, 2019 — The first day of Tommy Robinson's retrial here at the Old Bailey is over. Jessica S. delivers her thoughts on today's proceedings.
July 4, 2019 — At the conclusion of the first day of Tommy Robinson's retrial at the Old Bailey, Ezra was asked to say a few words to the hundreds of supporters outside. He talked about the shocking things he heard in court that morning.
July 4, 2019 — One of the speakers at the rally outside Tommy Robinson's retrial in London was ex-Leicestershire police officer Dionne Moller. She detailed the poor treatment grooming gang victims received from the police, who she says were indifferent to investigating these crimes and bringing the accused to justice.
July 4, 2019 — Outside of the Old Bailey, a grooming gang victim called Amy was welcomed on stage by Tommy Robinson to tell her story.
July 4, 2019 — (CONTENT WARNING) At the Tommy Robinson trial, one victim of the UK's rape gangs spoke to me about her experience and how she thinks the nightmare can be stopped.
July 4, 2019 — During a break in Tommy Robinson's retrial, Ezra explains why he's deeply embarrassed for the prosecution. What they're putting Tommy on trial for his so weak, if he loses, it will lead to censorship of all journalism.
July 4, 2019 — During a break in his trial today, Tommy Robinson gave a speech to supporters outside the Old Bailey courthouse in London, explaining why his case is about more than simply his right to report the news. It's about press freedom for all journalists.
July 4, 2019 — So much about Tommy's case is unprecedented: He's being tried again even though a court of appeal threw out the previous conviction. This is really about punishing a dissident voice who refuses to be silenced.
July 4, 2019 — Tommy Robinson supporters are filling the streets outside of London's Old Bailey on the morning of his retrial for “contempt of court.” The Rebel's Jessica Swietoniowski is outside of the courthouse while Ezra tweets inside.
July 3, 2019 — The night before his retrial for "contempt of court," Ezra Levant speaks to Tommy Robinson about what he thinks his chances are of being found not guilty, and why even some "conservative" journalists in the UK won't interview him.
July 3, 2019 — Jessica Swietoniowski speaks with Tommy Robinson the night before his trial is set to begin.