Two Australian social media influencers have been detained in Iran for taking illegal photos with a drone, according to a source
Two Australian social media influencers have been detained in Iran for taking illegal photos with a drone, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
In a statement Thursday, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) confirmed that Australians Mark Firkin and Jolie King were being held in Iran. On Thursday, a source with knowledge of the situation said the pair were arrested in July, accused of taking illegal photos with a drone. The couple often feature drone shots on their YouTube channel, where they have 21,600 subscribers. Their most popular YouTube episode features them driving through the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan and has over 150,000 views. According to their blog The Way Overland, the couple planned to travel from Australia, across Southeast and Central Asia, and on through to their final destination, the United Kingdom. The pair have also been documenting their travels on Instagram, where they have 19,000 subscribers.Read MoreThe couple haven't posted on their YouTube and Instagram accounts since late June. Their last Instagram posts were from Kyrgyzstan. On their blog, the couple said they planned to travel through Central Asia and Iran before heading on to Turkey.In a statement released by DFAT Thursday, the couple's families said they hoped to see the pair"safely home as soon as possible." DFAT is providing consular assistance to the couple's families. View this post on Instagram Just us watching the big red flaming ball dip behind the smoky horizon 🌞
A post shared by Jolie King (@jolie.ellen) on Dec 29, 2018 at 5:33am PST DFAT is also providing consular assistance to a third Australian national in Iran. According to Australian national broadcaster ABC, she is a British-Australian dual citizen who has been behind bars for almost a year.In a statement, a DFAT spokesperson urged Australian citizens and holders of dual nationality with Australia who are traveling to or through Iran to follow the government's latest travel advice. According to the Smartraveller website, which was updated on Monday, Australia's latest travel advice for Iran is to"reconsider your need to travel," due to"the risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained or arrested."Britain's Foreign Office wouldn't confirm the ABC report, but said in a statement that UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had met Iran's ambassador on Wednesday and"raised serious concerns about the number of dual national citizens detained by Iran and their conditions of detention." View this post on Instagram Cool bridge but I'm actually terrified of suspension bridges. Especially ones that have 30cm gaps between the slats! Truth is I only walked this far before turning around 😂 . Anyway this is in our latest YouTube video, check it out in the bio link! . . . . . #pakistan #karakoram #karakoramhighway #kkh #travel #thewayoverland #vlog #blog #sonya7r #sony #travelphotography #suspensionbridge #hunzavalley #hunza #gilgit #gilgitbaltistan
If they die, they die. Dodgy Of all the place they can go, they decided to go to Iran. Goodness. How dumb can they be. If they did some research on Iran they would know that country don’t like foreigners, especially white ones. When you eff with the bull, you're gonna get the horn. Stupid Set market all retrived on there way back to army base camp
This is a bummer but come on, you should be aware of the political turmoil in Iran and act accordingly. 911 post brovo 1012 🤣 I love hearing things like this. Good for them 🤷🏾♂️ You guys really pooched this one, in Iran no less ? Who the hell goes to Iran on a holiday and takes illegal pictures. They brought trouble unto themselves. 🙄
This is what America is doing right now by detaining two young dutch social media influencers for tresspassing Area51 They need to go to North Korea Lucky he did'nt do this in North Korea or he really would of been screwed. I must have been engaged in intelligence work, otherwise how can I go to Iran to shoot with drones at such a sensitive time.
Good Hmm 🤔 so they are “travelers and instagram bloggers “ and they do not know the rules or limitations of the countries they travel to?😂How smart😂🤦🏽♂️ Why is anyone going to this awful country. ? who cares ? Broke locals laws, suffer consequences... CNN trying to big it up as it’s Iran ... zzzzzz
'I'm thinking of taking a vacation. Iran seems like a lovely place this time of year.' Seriously? What the hell where are they thinking? It proves one thing. Liberalism is a mental disorder no matter what continent you are from. Taking a photo doesn't detain the environment! Well... there it is... a country with laws... you see.. its not so uncommon.... they would be fine in America
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2 British-Australians and Australian citizen held in IranCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two women who are dual British-Australian citizens and an Australian man have been detained in Iran, one of them sentenced to 10 years in prison, Australia's government... After operation TP AJAX why would the Iranians have a reason not to trust foreigners? I hate to say this, what part of unsafe don’t people understand? North Korea the same, stay away. Iran is a hostile country not a tourist attraction. Sometimes stupid decisions can be very costly, unfortunately. Were they shipped there or did they go on their own? Sounds like a great vacation spot?
With Bolton's departure, an Iran hawk leaves the chessboardJohn Bolton's departure from the White House removes an obstacle to the pos... Good for the Middle East, sad for Latin America, honestly This bird ain't gonna fly.....
Trump suggests he might soften Iran sanctions, day after firing hard-liner BoltonPresident Trump, by firing John Bolton, has signaled that he intends to be his own national security advisor. That leaves questions about what direction he'll go as he seeks to engage with the Taliban and possibly Iran. good Idiotic. 博尔顿还不够强硬？ 博尔顿鹰派中的鹰派
Three Australians detained in IranCNN News, delivered. Select from our newsletters below and enter your email to subscribe. What’s wrong with this country called Iran..!? Iran is always against westerners, why? This regime is lunatic, racist, and ready to frame any one. It’s their mistake to go there, and their government to allow them to.
Iran urges US to 'put warmongers aside' after Bolton firingTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president urged the U.S. on Wednesday to 'put warmongers aside' as tensions roil the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of... Democrat media Maybe agree to meet with us try and talk some things out? F IRAN
Iran says sacking of Bolton won't lead to talks with U.S.The resignation of White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, a hawk on ... Because the problem wasn’t just Bolton. It’s the president*. Bolton was known to be SUCH a negotiator...🙄💩🤮 we hate women!