Court upholds Twitter joke trial appeal: Britain has a sense of humor after all.
It started with an innocuous tweet and turned into a legal saga that critics said threatened free speech online. But after two years and three appeals, Britain’s High Court has overturned the conviction of a man who joked about blowing up his local airport.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
The UK’s High Court has overturned the case of a man whose exasperated Twitter joke left him criminalized under anti-terrorist laws, in a high-profile case that supporters say is a victory for free speech online.
Paul Chambers, 28, became the first person in the UK to be found guilty of a criminal offense for something written on Twitter back in 2010, when a court said a joke about a blowing up a local airport qualified as a public message of “menacing character”. But on Friday he learned that his latest attempt to get the conviction overturned had succeeded.
Things looked bleak for Chambers after two previous appeals had failed, but he was told by a judge in London that his conviction and fine would be overturned.
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