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'I am Charlie' exhibit forced to close in Helsinki

The exhibit includes work by 10 leading Finnish cartoonists, paying tribute to their colleagues killed in the French terror attack.

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Twelve staff members of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed on January 7. Image: YOAN VALAT / EPA

The Finnish Comics Society is having a hard time finding a venue for its exhibition honouring the cartoonists killed in the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris, reports the daily Helsingin Sanomat.

The show entitled "I am Charlie", was on Monday closed for a third time amid security concerns. The display had only been open for about 15 minutes at Library 10 in the Helsinki’s main post office building.

Originally the exhibition had been on display at another library in the Arabianranta neighbourhood, but was moved last week to the Rosebud bookshop in the city centre.

In all three cases, the building owners had asked to have the show closed because of safety worries – particularly following last week’s attacks in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday the organisers are meeting to decide where to go from here.

The director of Library 10 told the paper that the building’s owners and police are studying the security issues surrounding the show, and that it may still be possible for it to re-open at the library.

The exhibit includes work by 10 leading Finnish cartoonists, including well-known names such as Pertti Jarla and Milla Paloniemi.

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