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Free Speech

by Mike Masnick


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free speech, jokes, paul chambers, uk



Paul Chambers Planning To Blow His Twitter Joke Trial Sky High...

from the that's-a-joke... dept

Paul Chambers, who has now lost twice in court for making a joke on Twitter (talking about "blowing [an] airport sky high!!" if it didn't reopen from weather delays), which everyone (including the police) agree was a joke, is now threatening to blow the case sky high, by appealing to the UK High Court. One would hope that the folks at the UK High Court recognize the chilling effects of prosecuting someone for making a silly statement on social networks that clearly had no intent behind it. Again -- before people accuse otherwise -- I have no problem with the message being investigated by police to make sure it wasn't serious. However, once it was clear that it was not a real threat, then no charges should have been brought. In the meantime, I'm still wondering what kind of terrorists first Tweet that they're actually going to blow up an airport... Perhaps the folks behind the TSA's security team can answer that...

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Nov 2010 @ 2:06am

    Re: Where is the joke Mike ?? He's ranting at you again that's where

    And if they could fine him for being stupid they would do that as well.. I would
    If that legislation ever comes in I hope you have a very very very large bank balance.
    As for the rest.... I don't apparantly speak the same language as you so I've given up trying to translate into english. What's the weather like on your planet?

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