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UK man wins 'Twitter threat' appeal

2012-07-27 16:00

London - A British man has won a challenge against his conviction for tweeting that he would blow up an airport if his flight was cancelled.

Paul Chambers became an internet free-speech cause célèbre when he was convicted and fined in 2010 for using Twitter to say he would blow Robin Hood Airport in northern England "sky high" if his flight, due to leave a week later, was delayed.

He insisted he was joking, but a court convicted him of sending menacing or offensive messages.

High Court Judges on Friday overturned the conviction, saying there was no evidence to suggest that anyone who saw the tweet found it to be menacing or alarming.

Chambers expressed his relief after the verdict, saying it was ridiculous the case ever got so far.

Comments
  • Stirrer - 2012-07-27 16:09

    Twit.

      philani.goba - 2012-07-27 18:28

      lol.@ the pun!!

  • pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-07-28 02:59

    These twitter cases are ludicrous. A few months back a guy got a 56 day jail term for a tweat in the UK. It was rasist and made while drinking, but should we now jail everybody that say something obnoxious while intoxicated. The UK's political correctness has gone off the wall crazy.

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