Tweeter cleared of menacing airport threat

Tweeter cleared of menacing airport threat

Celebrity comedians were among hundreds who on Friday welcomed a UK court ruling that cleared a man of sending a tweet joking about blowing up an airport.

The case has highlighted the arguments for and against the limits of free speech on the internet.

Paul Chambers was originally fined £385 ($603) and ordered to pay thousands in court costs after being found guilty in 2010 of sending a “menacing tweet” that read: “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s— together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high.”

He claimed it was a joke and sent it during a moment of frustration while the airport in the north of England was closed by snow.

The original trial heard that the tweet was discovered when an airport manager, who was not a Twitter member, searched for “Robin Hood Airport” on the social networking site.

Thousands of people joined an online campaign to support Chambers, retweeting his message, and recently posting Twitter comments under the hashtag #twitterjoketrial.

The high-profile British actor, broadcaster and prolific tweeter, Stephen Fry, said Friday: “Complete vindication and victory for Paul Chambers in #twitterjoketrial. Well done @DavidAllenGreen and team.”

In its ruling, the court said: “The appeal against conviction will be allowed on the basis that this ‘tweet’ did not constitute or include a message of a menacing character.

“It was treated and addressed as if it was not a credible threat. The airport police took no action.”

The verdict prompted a grateful response from Chambers who said to his Twitter followers: “We couldn’t have done this without you, we wouldn’t have got close.”

Source: CNN

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