Citizen journalist and activist Tommy Robinson has branded Paypal’s decision to stop processing his payments “fascism,” saying the company is trying to “silence” him.
Paypal confirmed that it had stopped handling payments for the founder and former member of the English Defence League, saying that while it could not comment on individual account holders, it says it regularly reviews accounts to check they are abiding by their ‘acceptable use’ policy.
“Striking the necessary balance between upholding free expression and open dialogue and protecting principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people is a challenge that many companies are grappling with today,” Paypal said in a statement.
“We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political,” they added.
In response to the ban, Mr Robinson said, “They just don’t like my opinion and want to silence me.”
“The government and establishment can see I have public support, they can see I have the ability to fight back.”
He also claimed that Paypal has frozen “a lot” of money for 180 days.
The tech giant had blocked Infowars in the past, in alleged off-record comments because of its “criticism of Islam and opposition to transgenderism being taught to children in schools.”
Tommy Robinson Formally Freed From Bail Conditions as He Awaits Attorney General Hearing https://t.co/kN85RPEYgS
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 5, 2018
The citizen journalist was bailed following successfully challenging his contempt of court conviction. In May, Robinson was arrested, arraigned, and jailed within a matter of hours for livestreaming outside of a grooming gang trial at Leeds Crown Court.
The appeals court ruled the process had been conducted in haste with legal procedure not being followed and “gave rise to unfairness,” resulting in the judges saying Robinson was entitled to a retrial.
The Recorder of London later determined that the case was too complex for him to hear, and was referred to the Attorney General for a “proper and thorough” examination, likely to take place in the New Year.