U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he meets with representatives of civil society in Istanbul, Turkey, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Friday strongly criticized Turkey for failing to set the right "example" on freedom of expression, slamming the imprisonment of journalists and investigation of academics who criticized government policy.Speaking at a meeting with civil society representatives in Istanbul, Biden said the United States wanted to see Turkey set a "strong example" for the whole region of what a "vibrant democracy" means.The six civil society representatives that Biden met in the talks included several prominent journalists who are known to be critical of Erdogan.In a separate encounter, Biden also met the wife and son of the imprisoned Cumhuriyet editor Can Dundar.
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