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Stephen Fry "prepared to go to prison" over Twitter joke trial

Fry made the comments at a benefit gig for Paul Chambers, the man convicted for sending a menacing communication via Twitter in which he jokingly threatened to blow an airport up.

THE COMEDIAN AND prolific tweeter Stephen Fry has said he is “prepared to go to prison” over the infamous Twitter joke trial which is being appealed to the British High Court.

Fry made the comments at a benefit gig for Paul Chambers who was convicted of sending a menacing communication via Twitter in which he jokingly threatened to blow an airport up, reports the BBC.

Chambers is appealing the conviction to the High Court.

The 27-year-old’s case has become a celebrated cause on Twitter with users protesting the conviction which landed Chambers with a fine of £385 and costs of £600 in May 2010.

The offending tweet made in January 2010 read:

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!!

Other celebrities in attendance included Irish writer Graham Linehan, himself a regular user of Twitter.

Fry argued that Chambers’ tweet was an example of the British tradition of self-deprecating humour and banter and said: “This [verdict] must not be allowed to stand in law,” adding that he will face “if that’s what it takes”.

Despite the support Chambers was subjected to a gentle ribbing for his wisdom in sending the tweet to his 600 followers in the early hours of 6 January 2010.

Chambers tweeted (Warning: contains foul language) that he was only too happy to take the criticism and gave thanks to the “kindness in spades” of those who attended.