Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

U.S. Tourist Detained In North Korea

June 6, 2014 by  

BEIJING (MCT) — North Korea has detained another American tourist, bringing to three the number of U.S. citizens being held in the country.

The reclusive state’s Korean Central News Agency said Friday that Jeffrey Edward Fowle entered the country April 29 as a tourist and was being held for anti-North Korean activities. “A relevant organ… detained him and is investigating him” for violating North Korean law, the agency said in a brief statement.

It was not immediately clear where Fowle was from, with whom he was traveling or how old he is.

In April, North Korea announced that it was holding another U.S. citizen, named Miller Matthew Todd (though it appeared the agency had provided the man’s family name first, Korean-style). The news agency said the 24-year-old had been detained April 10 for his “rash behaviors” while going through formalities to enter the country as a tourist. KCNA said the man had torn up his tourist visa and said he wanted “shelter” in the nation.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American tour guide and evangelist, has been imprisoned in North Korea since November 2012. He was arrested in the city of Rason and charged with “hostile acts against the state.” He is serving a sentence of 15 years hard labor. He was moved last summer from a prison camp to a hospital for foreigners in Pyongyang, the capital, then transferred in February of this year to a labor camp.

Officials from the Swedish Embassy, which represents U.S. interests in North Korea, have been meeting with Bae regularly.

–Julie Makinen
Los Angeles Times


(c)2014 Los Angeles Times

Visit the Los Angeles Times at

Distributed by MCT Information Services.


Operated jointly by the McClatchy Company and Tribune Company, MCT serves more than 1,200 media clients, online information services and information resellers across the globe. With 600-plus contributors worldwide, MCT has an exceptional variety of sources, providing detailed analyses, opinions and perspectives.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “U.S. Tourist Detained In North Korea”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.