- Mar 13, 2017
Yeah, you caused me to rethink some things instead of taking it at face value. If you are from the UK, how would you describe the current state of England? It comes off better from those who actually live there.@Eshu: "Incorrect. He was arrested and jailed for the same reason he was initially arrested: Contempt of court. That he broke the terms of his suspended sentence has little bearing on whether it is against the law for journalists to document a public trial, and in the UK, this can be against the law, as the court can place gag orders on media outlets.
This very rightly should be considered a grave violation of the freedom of speech, and it would be in the United States. I think what we will begin to see all across Europe is growing support for more U.S.-style laws regarding the freedom of speech, on down to eliminating so-called "hate speech" clauses"
Let me talk you through the law, (as it operates in the United Kingdom).
How can somebody be in 'Contempt of Court' ?
The answer is that you have to breach a specific court order that prevents or obliges you to do something and the failure to comply with its terms means that you are in 'contempt' and liable for a criminal or civil penalty.
In the case of Tommy Robinson, a specific court order was in place to prevent the reporting of details relating to a trial. By undertaking a broadcast of the case, on the day of the trial, Tommy breached the terms of that order and found himself in 'contempt' The penalty was, immediate, imprisonment.
Another court order was put in place to prevent other media outlets reporting Tommy Robinson's arrest and trial for his broadcast.
Additionally, Tommy also breached the conditions of his suspended sentence, too.
Those are the facts.
That is the process outlining how the law operated in this case.
I note your point about the Tommy Robinson's free speech, but, what about the rights of the victims not to have justice denied to them because a political populist with a media profile broadcasts details of their case and threatens to collapse their trial ... !?
Have you thought about the rights of the victims?
I hope that enlightens you as to the law and the competing rights that have to be balanced by the justice system !?