Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months for contempt of court

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Robinson's sentence follows a previous conviction on the same charge a year ago for which he received a suspended sentence that was still in force when he filmed his comments outside the court last week.

"This is not some new form of censorship directed at Robinson", BBC correspondent Dominic Casciani wrote.

He said Robinson had broadcast details of the defendants and the charges they faced, including some wrong information.

"I am not sure you appreciate the potential outcome of what you have done", Marson told Robinson.

Robinson has become well-known in the global far-right movement for his protests against what he calls "the Islamisation of our countries" and his recent arrest has provoked sympathetic responses from far-right groups in the US, including Alex Jones' Infowars.

Robinson, who has allegedly violated the UK's law on covering criminal trials, was already on a suspended sentence for contempt of court for using a camera in Canterbury Crown Court last May, when he had tried to film men, who were on trial on rape charges, while the hearing was still underway.

But in the case of Robinson, various media outlets felt the judge had gone too far and successfully challenged the restrictions imposed on reporting.

"If I have to do that it will mean a re-trial, costing hundreds and hundreds and thousands of pounds".

Robinson was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2014 for mortgage fraud.

Marson said that Robinson had compounded his crime by encouraging people to share his footage of the defendants.

The restrictions were ridiculed online, as details of the case were easily available on social media and some US outlets, with many prominent figures sharing details and the hashtag #FreeTommy trending on Twitter.

However, Judge Norton chose not to jail Robinson telling him it was not about "freedom of speech or freedom of the press" but his sentence was about "justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly, and ensuring that a jury is not in any way inhibited in carrying out its important function".

"People have to understand that if they breach court orders there will be very real consequences". Robinson's solicitor, Matthew Harding, reminded Judge Marson QC that Robinson has been attacked in prison, and that inmates had been offered bribes of drugs and cellphones to murder him.

As Robinson was streaming, the jury was out considering its verdict after six weeks of hearing evidence.

News of the arrest leaked nearly instantly, and far-right personalities portrayed it as the act of a police state.

Robinson is known for his career as an activist against Islamic extremism in United Kingdom and Europe.

Robinson, who helped to develop Pegida UK, an anti-Islam protest movement, and founded the far-right English Defence League, pleaded guilty later that...

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