This article is interesting not so much in regards to the captured journalist using Twitter to Tweet his location, but it gives a glimpse on who some of the so called Taliban are:
A Japanese freelance journalist freed after a five-month hostage ordeal in Afghanistan says he used Twitter to announce he was still alive under the noses of his captors, who did not understand English.
Kosuke Tsuneoka, 41, who had been missing in northern Afghanistan since April, was speaking in Tokyo following his hand-over Saturday to the Japanese embassy in Kabul.
Addressing the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Tuesday, he said he was held hostage by a military faction called Hizb-i-Islami (Islamic Party), which is allied with the government of President Hamid Karzai.
Tsuneoka said that one of his captors “came to me with a Nokia N-70 model which was the latest among their mobile phones and asked me how to use it. I thought it was a chance.”
He called telephone operators to activate the Internet access then in basic Farsi showed his captors how to go online, accessing Al Jazeera’s website, he said.
“Then I told them there is a thing called ‘Twitter’. They asked me to show them what it was, so I sent Twitter messages with the phone in front of them. Because nobody understood English, it was no problem.”
The September 3 posts on the micro-blogging website — a short message that said “i am still alive, but in jail”, followed by a second tweet giving his location — were Tsuneoka’s first signs of life in months.
Tsuneoka said he was still unsure why he was released the following day. “I don’t think there is any correlation,” he said.
He supported a statement by his government that no ransom money was paid.
On Saturday, he said, he was told he would be freed that day. “They told me to shampoo my hair, so I washed my hair, half in doubt,” he said.
Tsuneoka, who is a convert to Islam, added: “They said I would be released because I am a Muslim, but I doubt it, because they don’t even pray. I’ve never seen mujahedeen (holy warriors) who don’t pray to God.” [AFP]
Read the rest at the link, but this group that captured the journalists were likely just local uneducated thugs working for some local strongman to make money and take up the Taliban name so people take them seriously. It worked in regards to this journalist who will not say whether a ransom was paid for his release or not.