Turkey failing to set example on media rights: Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden gives a press conference following a meeting with representatives of the civil society in Istanbul, on January 22, 2016US Vice President Joe Biden on Friday strongly criticised Turkey for failing to set the right "example" on freedom of expression, slamming the imprisonment of journalists and investigation of academics who criticised government policy. In a rebuke of rare vehemence for Washington's key NATO ally, Biden said Turkey's most recent record in freedom of expression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is "not the kind of example that needs to be set". 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.


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