No sooner had Pakistani artist Adeela Suleman’s exhibit opened at the Karachi Biennale
last week than she had an encounter that artists, writers, journalists and activists say has
become common under the current government: It was shut down.
Her installation, a work that referenced the case of a police officer accused of being
behind more than 400 murders and assassinations, was then wrecked and carted off in
Pakistani authorities are cracking down on free speech, a move critics say reflects a
renewed authoritarianism driven by the military but veiled with the veneer of an elected
Criticism of national-security issues and coverage of the political opposition has all but
disappeared from news broadcasts as a result of pressure and guidance from the media
regulator and security officials, according to local journalists.