Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: we're travel bloggers....lol

  1. #1
    Iridium
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    7,921
    Thanks
    5,679
    Thanked 4,749 Times in 2,778 Posts

    we're travel bloggers....lol

    https://en.radiofarda.com/a/australi.../30160153.html

    Australian Couple Detained In Iran Are Travel Bloggers

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-49670973

    Australian and British bloggers held in Iran named

    Two Australian citizens detained in Iran have been identified as Jolie King and Mark Firkin.

    Ms King, who also holds a UK passport, and Mr Firkin were blogging their travels in Asia and the Middle East.

    They were reportedly arrested 10 weeks ago near Tehran but news of the arrest, and that of another British-Australian woman, came to light on Wednesday.

    Australia said it had repeatedly raised their cases with Tehran, including in a meeting between officials last week.

    Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she had lobbied on their behalf in a meeting with her Iranian counterpart.

    She described the detentions as "a matter of deep concern" on Thursday, and confirmed that assistance had been offered to the families of the three detainees.

    "[We] hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible," their families said on Thursday.

    The situation comes amid growing tensions between the West and Iran.

    Several dual nationals have been detained in Iran in recent years, including the British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

    Relations between the UK and Iran have also been strained in recent months by a row over the seizure of oil tankers in the Gulf.

    Australia also announced in July that it would join the US and the UK in policing the Strait of Hormuz against Iranian threats.
    UK's 'serious concerns'

    Ms King - who has dual UK and Australian nationality - and Mr Firkin, an Australian citizen, were reported to have been travelling on Australian passports.

    In 2017, the couple left Western Australia to embark on a major trip driving across Asia to the UK. They were documenting their adventures on Instagram and Youtube, where they had more than 20,000 followers.

    Videos of their travel through a dozen countries featured their cultural interactions and often showed drone footage of the natural landscape.

    "Our biggest motivation... is to hopefully inspire anyone wanting to travel, and also try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad wrap [sic] in the media," the pair wrote online.

    Few details of the circumstances of their arrest have been made public, but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said they had reportedly been flying a drone without a permit.

    They are believed to be being held in Tehran's Evin prison, where Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is also detained.

    A source told the BBC that Ms King has been told she is being held as part of a plan for a potential prisoner swap with Australia.

    What is Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case about?
    Uncertain fate of Iran's jailed dual nationals

    The second detained British-Australian woman is reported to be a University of Cambridge-educated scholar who was lecturing at an Australian university.

    She has reportedly already been tried on unknown charges and jailed for 10 years. The cases are not believed to be related.

    While the charges against her remain unclear, 10-year terms are routinely given in Iran for spying charges, the Times said.

  2. #2
    Moderator madfranks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    11,469
    Thanks
    7,039
    Thanked 7,729 Times in 3,841 Posts

    Re: we're travel bloggers....lol

    "Our biggest motivation... is to hopefully inspire anyone wanting to travel, and also try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad wrap"
    Good job showing how safe it is to travel in Iran. The stigma perhaps exists for a reason, don'tcha think??
    "Liberty is so creative, and the government is so stupid, that Iím very optimistic about the future"
    - Lew Rockwell

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to madfranks For This Useful Post:

    midnight rambler (20th September 2019)

  4. #3
    Militant Wing of the Salvation Army midnight rambler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    20,160
    Thanks
    20,920
    Thanked 10,192 Times in 6,190 Posts

    Re: we're travel bloggers....lol

    Quote Originally Posted by madfranks View Post
    Good job showing how safe it is to travel in Iran. The stigma perhaps exists for a reason, don'tcha think??
    *We* need someone to hate, who better to fill that spot than the Persians?
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." --Aristotle

    "If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable-what then?" --George Orwell

    "It's not a matter of what is true (reality) that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true (reality)." --Henry Kissinger

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •