Stephen Fry Pledges to Go To Prison Over ‘Twitter Joke’ Trial

PrecrimeVia BBC News:

Comedian Stephen Fry has said he is “prepared to go to prison” over the “Twitter joke” trial.

Fry was at a benefit gig for a man who is appealing against his conviction for sending a menacing communication. Paul Chambers had tweeted: “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week… otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!”

Twitter Joke Trial Tweet

Fry argued that Chambers’ tweet was an example of Britain’s tradition of self-deprecating humour and banter.

Chambers’ case has become a cause celebre on Twitter, with hundreds of people reposting his original comments in protest at the conviction.

“This [verdict] must not be allowed to stand in law,” Fry said, adding that he would continue to repeat Chambers’ message and face prison “if that’s what it takes”.

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8 Comments on "Stephen Fry Pledges to Go To Prison Over ‘Twitter Joke’ Trial"

  1. Fortunately, there’s someone out there willing to challenge this thing and push it to the limit. He’ll take it for the team so we don’t have to (hopefully).

  2. Fortunately, there’s someone out there willing to challenge this thing and push it to the limit. He’ll take it for the team so we don’t have to (hopefully).

  3. Bud Bundy | Apr 17, 2011 at 9:40 am |

    Under the law, If I threaten to come over to your house and give your oldest child a noogie, or a raspberry on the belly if they are young enough, I am a Terrorist.

    So, I threaten to do all of the above. I may even share my kick ass steak recipe for BBQ.

    Hey, according to the law I’m an EVIL MADMAN, might as well meet new people and have a good dinner in the process.

  4. Bud Bundy | Apr 17, 2011 at 5:40 am |

    Under the law, If I threaten to come over to your house and give your oldest child a noogie, or a raspberry on the belly if they are young enough, I am a Terrorist.

    So, I threaten to do all of the above. I may even share my kick ass steak recipe for BBQ.

    Hey, according to the law I’m an EVIL MADMAN, might as well meet new people and have a good dinner in the process.

  5. One day I will blow everyone in the White House.

  6. One day I will blow everyone in the White House.

  7. Kkittehkewl | Apr 18, 2011 at 3:05 am |

    It won’t be the first time he’s been to Prison either, so it’s not an empty threat. He knows what he’s facing.

  8. Kkittehkewl | Apr 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm |

    It won’t be the first time he’s been to Prison either, so it’s not an empty threat. He knows what he’s facing.

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