The Desk appreciates the support of readers who purchase products or services through links on our website. Learn more...

Al Jazeera journalists detained in France for flying drone in Paris

The logo of Al Jazeera.
The logo of Al Jazeera.

Three Al Jazeera journalists have been arrested by French authorities for flying a drone over Paris, according to a report.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported the three journalists were arrested for flying a drone in the Bois-de-Boulogne, a large park in the capital city.

Their names were not immediately released, although AFP identified their ages as 36, 54 and 70-years-old. A judicial source told AFP that one person was operating the drone, a second was filming and a third was watching.

It is unclear if the drone activity is connected to recent reports of drone sightings near various landmarks throughout Paris, a story that Al Jazeera itself has covered this week. Flying drones is illegal in the French capital.

A spokesperson for Al Jazeera told the BBC that the journalists had been working on a story about earlier drone sightings in the city. Al Jazeera did not return a request for comment from The Desk.

[Update: The headline of this post has been edited to clarify the journalists are accused of flying a single drone, not “drones” as earlier reported.]

Photo of author

About the Author:

Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).