Japanese journalist tricks his captors to send out a tweet about his well being on TwitterSeptember 8th, 2010 - 11:22 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Tokyo, Sep 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A Japanese journalist who was held captive for five months in Afghanistan says he managed to send Twitter messages out to his family and friends after one of the militants brought him his new phone to set it up for him.
Kosuke Tsuneoka, who is a freelance journalist said the militant wanted him to set up the phone so that he could access Al-Jazeera but he managed to trick them into getting interested in Twitter. Once he succeeded in doing that, Tsuneoka managed to tweet “I am still alive, but in jail” before he added another tweet that said “here is archi in kundiz in the jail of commander lativ”.
Tsuneoka released these details when he was addressing a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. Tsuneoka arrived safely back to Tokyo on Monday, after his captive held him for five months. Over the five months, Tsuneoka said he believed he would be killed and prepared himself for that. He said he believe he was not executed because he was a Muslim. Tsuneoka has been a Muslim since he converted in 2000.
During the press conference, Tsuneoka said his captors were Hizb-e-Islami but posed as the Taliban to the Japanese government. The Japanese government says they paid no ransom to the militants and Tsuneoka says that his captors were not in good mood when they released him.