David Allen Green, the solicitor acting for convicted Twitter joker Paul Chambers, has published the date of the High Court appeal in the New Statesman
. Chambers appeal will be heard on Nov. 10. He was convicted of menace in May 2010, and had his appeal denied on Nov. 11 the same year.
Paul Chambers was convicted and fined £1,000 following a joke remark he made on Twitter, becoming the first person to be convicted in the U.K. over remarks made on the social media site. Frustrated by bad weather threatening his travel plans he“ tweeted
Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high.”
Unfortunately the accountant who describes himself
"the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine”
was arrested under the Terrorism Act, lost his job and subjected to a lifetime ban from Doncaster airport.
The case has brought considerable controversy, with Chambers gaining a huge following who believe that censorship has gone too far. According to the Independent
, civil libertarian Tessa Mayes said
“Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime, mistakenly seen as a real act of harm or intention to commit harm.”
“In a democracy, our right to say what we please to each other should be non-negotiable, even on Twitter.”
Chambers himself described his tweet in the Guardian
“Like having a bad day at work and stating that you could murder your boss, I didn't even think about whether it would be taken seriously.”
He says the event has left him afraid to speak his mind, and remains appalled that the Crown Prosecution Service did not dismiss the matter but chose to prosecute.