Far-right anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson sentenced to jail

Far-right anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson sentenced to jail
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Far-right British anti-immigration activist Tommy Robinson was sentenced to nine months in jail on Thursday for livestreaming the defendants in a 2018 trial, according to CNN.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found in contempt of court by two London judges for streaming footage of the defendants, who were accused of sexually exploiting underage girls, and revealing the men's identities while the jury was still deliberating. The trial was subject to reporting restrictions to avoid prejudicing its outcome.

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Robinson was initially sentenced to 13 months in jail, but successfully appealed his conviction.  The maximum sentence for contempt of court is two years.

Robinson, who wore a t-shirt reading “CONVICTED OF JOURNALISM” to his sentencing, had previously called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE to grant him political asylum during an appearance on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s show.

"I feel like I’m two days away from being sentenced to death in the U.K. for journalism," Robinson told Jones earlier this week. "I beg Donald Trump, I beg the American government, to look at my case. I need evacuation from this country because dark forces are at work.”

“Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings is a very serious matter and this is reflected in the Court’s decision today,” Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said in a statement.

The sentencing follows Robinson’s unsuccessful campaign for a European Parliament seat and his banning from Facebook in February over anti-Muslim posts the company said violated its rules against hate speech. Robinson has blamed his electoral loss on his lack of access to social media platforms.