The Finns Party youth wing announced Tuesday that it was organising a cartoon competition to support freedom of speech. The subject of the contest was set to be Islam, "in light of recent events", the group said, referring to the terrorist attacks in France last week that left 17 people dead.

"We are worried about the state of freedom of speech in Finland and Europe. The Islamist attacks against a magazine over caricatures have put many other publications on their toes. It is outrageous to limit press freedom and freedom of speech with threats of violence" said Sebastian Tynkkynen, newly-appointed editor in chief of the youth wing's Rahvas magazine.

According to Tynkkynen the furore over a Danish caricature of Mohammed in 2005 was a warning signal to the west, but it was written off as an isolated incident.

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