Jolie King and Mark Firkin: Adventurers dreamt of ‘ending stigma’ around Iran but ended up behind bars
The British-Australian woman and her boyfriend detained in Iran since July were identified yesterday as travel bloggers who were apparently arrested for flying a drone without a licence.
Jolie King, a building designer, and Mark Firkin, an Australian construction manager, were named by an Iranian broadcaster. The couple had been documenting their globe-trotting adventure online since leaving their home in Western Australia in summer 2017.
The Times revealed yesterday that the couple were arrested about ten weeks ago and that a second British-Australian woman had been detained separately. The editor of Manoto TV, a Persian-language broadcaster based in London, then published the names of the travel bloggers on Twitter. Pouria Zeraati said a source had told him that they had been arrested “for flying a…
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