Bloggers jailed in Iran for reported drone use.


AN Australian couple detained in a notorious prison in Iran, reportedly for flying a drone, have been identified as travel bloggers from Perth.

Jolie King and Mark Firkin, who is originally from Coffs Harbour, are detained in Evin jail in the Iranian capital of Tehran, the Federal Government has confirmed.

"Our families hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible," their families said in a statement yesterday issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"We have no further comment to make at this stage and ask that the media respects our privacy at this difficult time." They were reportedly arrested for flying a drone without a licence, according to Manato TV on Twitter.

The Times of London revealed the young British-Australian woman and her Australian partner were arrested 10 weeks ago.

Ms King and Mr Firkin frequently used a drone in videos of their travels through Australia, Asia and the Middle East, with nearly 19,000 people following them on Instagram.

Mr Firkin, who was schooled at St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour, has family living locally.

He and Ms King run a YouTube channel called The Way Overland, however their last video was posted more than 11 weeks ago about driving through Pakistan.

Their last Instagram update on their shared account was posted on June 26. "Apart from the massive landscape, countless horses, and a few screaming marmots, we felt pretty isolated," they said from their camp spot in Kyrgyzstan.

Concerned friends posted in recent weeks...

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