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Tommy Robinson’s comments about journalists are unfair and here’s why

PUBLISHED: 16:38 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:38 23 October 2018

Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson is alleged to have committed contempt of court by filming people in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media (Picture: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire)

Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson is alleged to have committed contempt of court by filming people in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media (Picture: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire)

Tommy Robinson has excelled himself once again. So, it is journalists who are the enemy of the people, is it?

I find that such a tired and lonely comment from someone who clearly doesn’t get much support from journalists, perhaps because the vast majority of us find his views repellent.

We don’t like hearing people talk about ‘Muslim rape gangs’ as though the fact that someone is Muslim would be the reason for a vile act they might commit, rather than because they were just a vile person.

We don’t feel under attack from other faiths, colours or creeds, because we are not, living in a largely tolerant and welcoming country where people co-exist alongside each other perfectly happily most of the time.

Of course clashes happen, but they are the exception rather than the rule and the ‘England’ Robinson feels the need to ‘defend’ as head of the English Defence League, copes pretty well without him most of the time.

Robinson’s comments about Muslim gangs ‘terrorising the nation’ were roundly booed here, even assuming that he had supporters outside the Old Bailey as he continues to fight a contempt of court charge there.

No doubt he thought he was doing the right thing by live streaming video of rape suspects to ‘warn parents’. But why was it up to him to do that, when the court was dealing with it? And we have Sarah’s Law now to enable parents to be informed if a sex offender is living in their midst.

Robinson’s comments about journalists were booed as well. We can’t be trusted, he says. Well, unlike him, we tend to go by our own names (Robinson’s real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) and don’t have personal websites asking people to give us money.

We tend not to be driven by hate, either.

I’m not saying all journalists are saints – far from it – but most of us do try to give both sides of the story. I don’t hear that from Robinson, only a one-side diatribe where everyone is the enemy but him.

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