Thousands of Twitter users recalled the spirit of Spartacus by retweeting a controversial message that landed its originator in trouble with terrorism laws.
“Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get (it) together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” spread across the website like wildfire after Paul Chambers’ appeal against a fine and damages totalling £3,000 was turned down. The Index on Censorship accused the courts of “completely ignoring the notion of context”.
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police reportedly “scoffed and said no” when asked if the police intended to arrest the thousands of people that repeated the offence.
(Source: Associated Press)
This article appears in issue 261 of Media Digest.