Couple Travels to Iran to Prove They ‘Get a Bad Rap From the Media’ and Gets Locked Up

A couple who enjoys blogging together took an international trip in 2017 in order to try to break the stigma around certain countries who “get a bad rap from the media.”

Jolie King and Mark Firkin traveled across Asia. Ten weeks ago the trip stalled when the liberal couple ran into trouble in Iran. They have been locked up and have not been heard from since.

Per BBC:

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…

…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.

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When will people learn that venturing through this part of the world is a terrible idea. There is a reason they are willing to risk everything to escape their country and get to the United States.