There’s a trial going on somewhere, and here in the UK we’re not allowed to talk about it, lest the trial gets in any way prejudiced. I’m with Raedwald on this:
When the trial is over we will learn the judge’s reasons for imposing this restriction. If it proves to have been for sound reasons in the interests of justice, fair enough. If it proves to have been made for reasons of political expediency, or for protecting the establishment from scrutiny, then is the time to take to the streets. Until then, we must all pretend we know nothing.
That seems the most reasonable course of action: let’s just wait and see.
And in my case, I don’t need to pretend that I know nothing, because I actually do know nothing.
But if the trial judge placed reporting restrictions on the trial, it seems that reporting restrictions were also placed on any mention of somebody who broke that restriction. This second reporting restriction has now been lifted, it seems, according to the Independent:
Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months for breaking contempt of court laws with a Facebook Live video.
His sentence can be revealed for the first time after The Independent and Leeds Live fought a reporting restriction put on the case at Leeds Crown Court.
Robinson, whose real name was listed on court documents as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested outside the court on Friday.
He admitted committing contempt of court by publishing information that could prejudice an ongoing trial via a live stream on his Facebook page.
At one point the video was being viewed by more than 10,000 people, as Robinson attempted to film defendants entering the court and discussed the case, which is subject to a separate reporting restriction.
A judge initially banned media reports of contempt proceedings against Robinson over fears it could affect the ongoing trial, but lifted the order on Tuesday after hearing submissions that members of the public and foreign media outlets were publishing inaccurate information.
The matter has attracted global attention. Infowars:
UK in shock as judge covers up Soviet-style disappearance of journalist
The arrest, imprisonment, and government-ordered media blackout of UK journalist and activist Tommy Robinson has set off a firestorm of protests around the world…
Mass protests broke out following Robinson’s arrest – the largest of which was a crowd of thousands in the UK, demonstrating at the gates of Downing Street to demand the release of the conservative activist.
At least six demonstrations were held across Australia on Sunday in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Hundreds demonstrated in the German cities of Berlin and Dresden, while German MP Petr Bystron has offered Robinson political asylum over concerns for his safety in prison.
“Tommy Robinson is a political prisoner, whose life is in clear and pressing danger. We have to do everything we can to make sure he is granted political asylum,” said the office of conservative German MP Petr Bystron in a Saturday statement provided to the Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks.
It seems a lot of people, all over the world, have been taking a deep interest in the ongoing trial. I can’t really say that I’ve been one of them.
What’s disturbed me about it is how reporting restrictions were promptly slapped on someone who broke the trial reporting restrictions. These restrictions may now have been lifted, but while they were in force they had a dramatic effect on some blogs. e.g. Raedwald’s [REDACTED]. I even got a bit worried myself last Saturday, because I’d mentioned it in my blog, and was wondering if I might be served with a D-notice, or it had arrived already but had got stuck in the letter box, or next door’s dog had eaten it.
And as these sorts of restrictions get slapped on things, we seem to know less and less about more and more of what’s going on.
Or else there are multiple conflicting accounts of what happened.
The Las Vegas shootings in October last year weren’t subjected to UK-style reporting restrictions, but rapidly became extremely murky all the same, as I reported. And some seven months on from that date, I can fairly safely say that I know even less about it than I did then. Yet according to Wikipedia, 58 people were killed, and 851 injured.
Raedwald says that when the current unmentionable trial is over, we will find out what has been going on, and why reporting restrictions were imposed. Well, I hope we find out. But I won’t be too surprised if we never find out.