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Good news for freedom of speech

"A high court ruling overturning the conviction of Paul Chambers, who was found guilty of sending a menacing tweet, has been greeted as a victory for freedom of speech.

"The decision, handed down by the lord chief justice, Lord Judge, represents a significant shift in the legal system's treatment of social media sites, signalling that comments should be read in the context of online communications."

"During the appeal, John Cooper QC, who represented Chambers, had said: "If that be the case, and I don't mean to be flippant, John Betjeman would be concerned when he said 'Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough', or Shakespeare when he said 'Let's kill all the lawyers'."

The comedians were right.

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