After the judge overseeing his case lifted reporting restrictions over the weekend, however, it was revealed the right-wing figure had been charged with contempt of court for potentially prejudicing the outcome of a trial.
"I respect everyone's right to free speech".
Robinson, 35, is "the driving force behind a national movement that seeks to ban Muslim immigration to Britain and advocates tearing down numerous country's mosques", Griffe Witte wrote for The Washington Post. He also has previous convictions for assault, fraud and other offenses.
The video footage was played to the judge in court before he dealt with Robinson. He tends to film outside courthouses, where he often claims Muslims on trial are representative of their religion.
The trial is covered by restrictions on what can be reported while it's underway - a common practice in Britain, created to protect the impartiality of the jury. Robinson was on a suspended sentence, as he had previously been arrested for contempt of court after filming outside Canterbury Crown Court in May.
However, in reality, "his arrest and conviction were to protect our justice system - and ensure a trial that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds didn't collapse", says Leeds Live.
Unable to enter the building, Robinson stood outside for an hour and dispensed "facts" on the grooming of children for sex.
The court heard how the footage, which supposedly lasted around an hour, had been watched 250,000 times within hours of being posted online via Facebook.
Several police officers had been standing in the background of the frame. Police searched him and later escorted into a police van.
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Far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been sentenced to 13 months in Hull Prison over two contempt of court offences, in a case which has become a cause celebre for the extreme right in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: "Not only was it a very long video, but I regard it as a serious aggravating feature that he was encouraging others to share it and it had been shared widely".
Initially, a court order was put in place preventing any reporting of Robinson's arrest and sentencing hearing.
Robinson founded the far-right EDL in 2009.
The policemen who arrested Robinson claimed he was causing disturbances to public peace. Conservative outlets and alt-right blogs accused the British media of abetting a coverup.
Whitehall was closed to traffic as protesters, many draped in St George's Cross, chanted "shame on you". A ban in the United Kingdom on reporting his sentence was lifted after it was challenged by the media.
However, the real explanation lies in the same legislation which landed Robinson in court - contempt of court.
That has, at least, somewhat complicated his brief stint as a martyr.
This is not some new form of censorship directed at Robinson. "These are rules that apply to us all, equally".