As you all know by now, last week Tommy Robinson received the prestigious Sappho Award from the Danish Free Press Society in Copenhagen.
The full speech given by Tommy after receiving the award is embedded below. But first, there’s an interview with Tommy from the Danish MSM — an antagonistic one, of course; how could it be otherwise?
Many thanks to Tania Groth for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling (the transcript at the bottom of this post only includes the Danish portion at the beginning, and not the English-language exchanges in the interview):
Below is Tommy’s entire speech, as posted on the YouTube channel for the Free Press Society. Now that they’ve uploaded more than an hour of Tommy Robinson, how long do you think it will take before their channel is yanked?
By the way — I feel compelled to point out that in his speech Tommy made extensive use of Tania’s translation of a Danish TV clip, which was subtitled by Vlad and posted here last September. It’s good to have been of service to the cause:
See also Steen’s report on Tommy’s speech (in Danish).
Transcript of the introduction to the interview:
|00:14||Today the Freedom of the Press’ yearly Free Speech award|
|00:18||was awarded to the controversial British right-wing activist Tommy Robinson.|
|00:47||The award ceremony took place at Christiansborg [Parliament],|
|00:50||where demonstrators had shown up to express their opposition to Tommy Robinson.|
|00:53||Robinson is 37 years old and hails from Luton in south-eastern England,|
|00:57||and calls himself a citizen activist, that is a kind of journalist-activist.|
|01:01||He has been a known as an extreme right-wing figure both in the UK and in other countries.|
|01:07||He started his career in the radical right-wing British National Party|
|01:11||back in 2004-2005. In 2009 he was instrumental|
|01:14||in starting the Islam-critical English Defense League (EDL),|
|01:18||and last year his critical and very derogatory statements about Muslims and Islam|
|01:23||became too much for the large social media platforms.|
|01:26||Facebook and Instagram closed his account with the rationale|
|01:30||that several times he had violated their community guidelines about hateful speech.|
|01:34||YouTube and Twitter also closed his accounts,|
|01:37||according to the two platforms, after he there|
|01:40||had encouraged violence against Muslims.|
|01:43||On Facebook he had a million followers before his account was closed.|
|01:47||On Twitter he had 400,000 followers, and on YouTube he had more than 300,000 active followers.|
|01:52||But it is not only on the social media platforms that Tommy has broken the rules.|
|01:56||He has multiple convictions for violent assault,|
|01:59||and in 2013 he was also convicted of financial fraud.|
|02:02||And finally, just last year, he received a prison sentence|
|02:07||for contempt of court and for attempting to influence the court|
|02:10||by filming and by questioning the suspects|
|02:13||in a case about the rape of a teenage girl.|
|02:16||And it is, amongst others things, for that effort as political activist|
|02:19||that the Freedom of the Press Society are today awarding him with the Freedom of Speech award.|
|02:23||Earlier today I was visited by Tommy Robinson here in the studio.|
|02:27||I asked him for starters about what today he considers his political project.