Jailed journalist: We will protect the honor of our profession

Imprisoned Journalist Adnan Bilen says; "We will continue to keep journalism alive."

Adnan Bilen, one of the Mesopotamia Agency (MA) reporters, who was arrested after the news about two civilians thrown from a helicopter and killed by Turkish soldiers in Van, sent a message through his lawyer.

Journalist Bilen, who is held in High Security Closed Penal Institution in Van, said, "On a small piece of newspaper in prison, I learned after 20 years that I am not a journalist. One cannot become a journalist with a press card given by the government, the prosecutor or the judge. No journalist's journalism can be formed by the determination of a government. We will continue to promote the honor of journalism, which is degraded and illegalized."