The British press used to be one of the most aggressive and feisty in the world. Now it’s a docile lamb, thoroughly tamed by the British government. From Tom Blumer at newsbusters.org:
On Tuesday morning, UK and many international media outlets finally began reporting on the Friday arrest and imprisonment in England of anti-immigration activist and journalist Tommy Robinson.
The delay of over three days in covering the story was due to out-of-control statism combined with journalistic cowardice.
On Friday, the judge in the trial of a child “grooming” gang in Leeds issued a ban on “any report of these proceedings.” The judge’s justification, i.e., excuse, was to avoid “a substantial risk of prejudice to the administration of justice.” The judge even extended his order to include any reporting on Robinson’s arrest and sentencing.
After initially reporting Robinson’s arrest for broadcasting a livestream using his phone outside of the proceedings, UK and international outlets with UK bureaus took down their hours-old stories, apparently fearing that merely mentioning Robinson’s name, or even the existence of the judge’s order, in any report posted anywhere in the world would expose them to legal jeopardy.
In the U.S., Matt Drudge did not feel similarly constrained:
Nor was Fox News, despite parent company News Corp.’s significant UK presence. Fox covered the story on Saturday:
Robinson “was arrested, charged and sentenced within five hours.” On Tuesday, the judge lifted the press gag relating to “Robinson’s arrest and sentencing hearing.”
On Monday, Mark Steyn posted on Robinson (whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) and the trial’s subject:
… “grooming” (is) the useless euphemism for industrial-scale child gang rape and sex slavery by large numbers of Muslim men with the active connivance … of every organ of the state: social workers, police, politicians. Oh, and also the media.
You can say a lot of things about Tommy Robinson, but he’s one of the embarrassingly small number of Britons who recognizes the horror inflicted on those young and vulnerable girls on the receiving end of “diversity” and seeks to do something about it.
To continue reading: Press Meekly Accepts UK Judge’s Gag on Reporting Activist’s Arrest, Imprisonment