ACTOR AND COMEDIAN Stephen Fry said he is "prepared to go to prison" over a Twitter joke that wasn't funny.
Fry said he would continue to repost the offending Twitter message, even if it would lead to him facing prison.
Paul Chambers missed his flight to Northern Ireland due to the Robin Hood Airport being closed in bad weather. In a fit of rage he tweeted, "You've got a week... otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!"
The message instantly came up on the radar of anti-terrorist police, who raided his home and confiscated his laptop, hard drive and mobile phone.
After the incident Chambers lost his job and a subsequent court trial. He was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of £1,000, along with several thousand pounds in legal fees.
Chambers' lawyer argued that the tweet was simply British humour and banter, but the court did not agree, finding that there was menace in Chambers' message.
A fundraising event was organised on Chambers' behalf at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, where a number of celebrities lent their support. These included Fry, Al Murrary, Rufus Hound, Katy Brand and Graham Linehan.
Many of the celebrities classified Chambers' tweet as stupid, but they were all keen to highlight freedom of speech and differentiate between a silly joke on Twitter and a real terrorist threat. Speaking of the guilty verdict Fry said, "This must not be allowed to stand in law."
A further appeal at the High Court is expected later this year, according to the BBC. µ
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