A stark reminder of how precious free speech is in the UK

By Ezra Levant

I?m in Peterborough, UK, reporting on Tommy Robinson?s lawsuit against the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

He?s suing that police force for harassing him when he was out at a restaurant for a family day excursion with his children.

I have been posting all of my video reports from the trial at www.TommyTrial.com and minute-by-minute on Twitter.  

But now the judge has told me to immediately stop giving my opinions on the trial. 

I can still attend the trial, and type up notes like a stenographer. But I cannot give my opinions ? not on the evidence, not on the witnesses, and certainly not on their credibility. 

And if I do, the judge left me under no illusion: she could hold me in contempt of court! 

Here?s my video explaining the details:

I?ve made the decision to comply with the judge. In fact, I immediately deleted five tweets.

I?m not mad at the judge. I?m sad ? sad that the ?normal? state of affairs in the UK is so restrictive of free speech, especially in controversial trials where strong points of view are to be expected. I?m sad that?s considered okay by the courts, by the lawyers, by the mainstream media, and even by many UK citizens.

As you can see in the video above, the judge says her ban on opinion journalism will end when she issues her own judgment in the case, so I?ll have a lot more to say then.

But in the meantime, it?s a stark reminder of how precious free speech is in the UK ? and a cautionary tale for those of us in Canada and America, to hold on to what we have.

P.S. You can see all of my videos from the trial at TommyTrial.com and my minute-by-minute reports on Twitter. And if you?re so moved, you can even chip in to help crowdfund the costs of my travel ? just click here. (Thank you.)