Extracts read to court in trial of man accused of creating antisemitic and racist podcasts
A trial has resumed following a break of several months for a man accused of creating the website “Radio Aryan”, later named “Radio Albion”, in order to upload antisemitic and racist podcasts.
James Allchurch, 51 from Pembrokeshire, appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Monday after the trial began in July but had to be adjourned due to barrister strikes.
Mr Allchurch is accused of fifteen counts of distributing a sound recording stirring up racial hatred.
The charges allege that Mr Allchurch distributed recordings that included the titles “Rivers Of Blood”, “Banned In The UK”, “The Leftist Supremacist Mindset”, and “The Usual Suspects”. The alleged offenses were said to have taken place in Gelli, a village in south Wales.
In previous hearings, the defendant requested he be referred to as “Sven Longshanks”, his podcasting name which is apparently taken from King Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks, who expelled the Jews from England in 1290.
Last year, the prosecution, referring to the podcasts in question, told the court that “These recordings are insulting or abusive and were distributed with intent to stir up racial hated,” labelling the recordings “highly racist and highly antisemitic in nature” as well as “white supremacist in nature”.
The court was played an audio clip in which Mr Allchurch reportedly introduced a song that said the world was better when Black people were enslaved and Jews were persecuted under Adolf Hitler as “one of his favourite tracks”.
Other recordings allegedly made reference to Jewish people controlling the media, banks and TV and film industries.
In a raid of his home, police reportedly discovered a notebook belonging to Mr Allchurch containing usernames and passwords which included entries such as “JewsAreTheEnemy”, “RaceWarMessiah” and reference to the numbers 14 and 88.
1488 is often used as a coded reference to the neo-Nazi fourteen-word oath: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”, a slogan initially devised by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group “The Order” which was responsible for the murder of Jewish radio host Alan Berg. The number 88 refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet, H, and is intended as a code for “Heil Hitler.”
During Monday’s trial, prosecutor Jonathan Rees KC said that “The very purpose of Radio Aryan was to spread his propaganda about racial conflict.”
The court heard extracts from the podcast, one of which read: “No other race is equal to the white race.”
Mr Allchurch was said to have been joined by guests on the podcast, one of which reportedly included Alex Davies, who was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison last year after he was convicted of membership of the neo-Nazi terrorist group, National Action.
The trial continues.