Social media influencers Mark Firkin and Jolie King have been detained in Iran for taking illegal photos with a drone.
So far, the two who are Australians, in a statement on Thursday, by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) confirmed that they were being held in Iran.
According to another source, both of them, accused of taking illegal photos with a drone, were arrested in July. It was also confirmed that King is a British-Australian with dual citizen.
Considering what was termed to be an offence, it was revealed that in Iran, a permit is required to operate a drone that can take photographs.
On their achievement so far in the job, the couple, with the aid of the drone device, featured drone shots on their YouTube channel, where they have 21,600 subscribers.
Another achievement recorded by the couple using the drone is that, their most popular YouTube episode features them driving through the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan, having over 150,000 views.
The couple planned to travel from Australia, across Southeast and Central Asia, through to their final destination, the United Kingdom, according to their blog ‘’The Way Overland.’’
For history, reference and leisure purposes, they have also been documenting their travels on Instagram, where they have 19,000 subscribers.
Concerning their posts so far on other social media platforms, since late June, the couple haven’t posted on their YouTube and Instagram accounts as 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.