3 Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Paris for flying a drone, filming it and watching

February 25, 2015
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BBC | The Associated Press

Three journalists with Al Jazeera were arrested in Paris for using a drone, which is illegal there without a license, the BBC reports. The three, whose names haven’t been released, could be jailed for up to a year and fined $85,000.

A judicial source told AFP news agency: “The first was piloting the drone, the second was filming and the third was watching.”

Thomas Adamson reported for The Associated Press that drones have been spotted flying over Paris for two nights now.

The foreign nationals aged 70, 54 and 36 — who work for the Doha-based international broadcaster — were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after police spotted a drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris, said Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre.

She said is was unclear what the trio were trying to accomplish.

On Feb. 15, Poynter’s Al Tompkins wrote what the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed new rules could, eventually, mean to journalists in the U.S.