I’ve mentioned Tommy Robinson a couple of times before. First time was a year ago, when I listened to him talking to James Delingpole. Second time was when I listened to him talking to Alex Jones, He is, I think, an English nationalist in a time when English nationalism (but not Scottish or Welsh or Irish nationalism) is strongly disapproved. Or maybe he’s just an English patriot in a time when patriotism is strongly disapproved. For we’re all supposed to be citizens of the world these days, and to be completely indifferent to where we happened to be born, or grew up, or lived all our lives.
Anyway, Tommy Robinson has been getting around. And yesterday it seems he got himself arrested and sent to prison (not for the first time).
Tommy Robinson arrested for ‘breaching the peace’ outside court during grooming trial
‘I haven’t said a word…I’ve done nothing,’ far-right figurehead pleads as he is detained by officers
Tommy Robinson has been arrested for allegedly breaching the peace outside a court during an ongoing grooming trial.
The far-right activist showed men entering Leeds Crown Court in a livestream on Facebook, where he claimed to be “reporting” on the case.
After more than an hour of broadcasting, footage showed police officers approaching to arrest him for alleged breach of the peace and incitement.
Apparently it’s all over Twitter and the social media according to Mumsnet.
So it’s all over Twitter, Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months.
At first I was glad, he’s a racist, he’s probably deserved it etc.
Then I see it’s because he was reporting on a grooming gang case & he’s been jailed because he was already on a suspended sentence for reporting on another case
There is a complete media scrub of this story as it’s been banned from being reported.
Another commenter there added:
Of course he can’t ‘report’ on ongoing cases, in case it prejudices the trial.
Its not just him, it applies to everyone, even Mumsnet will delete threads if there’s a risk it could prejudice a trial.
I suppose it makes sense for there to be reporting restrictions, if reporting might prejudice the trial. But what is ‘reporting’? As far as I can see, all he was doing was standing outside the court with a mobile phone, streaming what he saw on Facebook. In what way might that have prejudiced the trial? In what way was that a breach of the peace? Was it because the defendants, and the jury, and the judge, all had to enter the court from the street, and so run the gauntlet of people like Tommy Robinson? If so, why wasn’t everyone else on the street outside the court arrested along with him? Why weren’t the people who videoed the arrest of Tommy Robinson also arrested (watch the video here)? Weren’t they doing the exact same thing that he’d been doing?
If they really want to isolate the court, so as to prevent a mistrial, shouldn’t they bus in the defendants and the jury and the court officials in some manner that would preclude any possibility of any influence being exerted on them by people standing outside?
Are there similar reporting restrictions in other countries? During the O.J.Simpson trial, as far as I could see it was all over the news every day as the trial progressed. But the recent Las Vegas shooting seems to have been one long cover-up from start to finish (I still have no idea what happened).
I got fascinated yesterday by the live coverage of the eruption of Kilauea. I ended up watching for hours, and assembling a series of screenshots (right, click to enlarge) of it slowly growing.
It occurred to me while I was watching that we’re now getting real time coverage of events everywhere in the world, as they happen. And that if the Titanic were to have set sail from Southampton on 10 April 2012 rather than 10 April 1912, we would all have been able to follow events aboard the ship after it had struck the iceberg on a minute by minute basis, from the viewpoint of dozens of people with mobile phones, or fixed security cameras inside the ship. We could have watched it sink from one of the lifeboats. We could have even gone down with the ship, as the water closed over it.
And there would never have been any need for any movie of the event to ever be made, because we’d already have seen the definitive documentary.
Or would there have been reporting restrictions immediately slapped on it, and nobody allowed to see the disaster unfold?