Robinson arrived for sentencing wearing a t-shirt that read ‘Convicted of journalism’ [Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA]

Tommy Robinson, a British far-right leader, has been sentenced to nine months in jail for contempt of court after broadcasting a video on Facebook which featured defendants in a criminal trial.

The activist, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found guilty at London’s Old Bailey court last week after he filmed defendants during a trial last year and posted the footage on social media, breaching reporting restrictions on the case. He was sentenced on Thursday.

The court ruled that his actions could have jeopardised the trial of a gang of alleged sex offenders who were accused of abusing young girls.

The 36-year-old co-founder of the English Defence League,

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