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Authoritarian Theory

Authoritarian theory describe that all forms of communications are under the control of the governing elite or authorities or influential bureaucrats.

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Authoritarians are necessary to control the media to protect and prevent the people from the national threats through any form communication (information or news). The press is an instrument to enhance the ruler’s power in the country rather than any threats. The authorities have all rights to permit any media and control it by providing license to the media and make certain censorship.

If any media violate the government policies against license, then the authority has all right to cancel the license and revoke it. The government have all right to restrict any sensitive issues from press to maintain peace and security in the nation.

Censorship is a suppression of any communication which may consider as harmful to the people, King, government and its nation. Especially these censorship methods are much familiar in press which against the freedom of speech and freedom of expression. In some other cases, the censorship helps to protect the rulers and authorities from sensitive issues.

There are different types of censors like

  • Political censor
  • Moral censor
  • Religious censor
  • Military censor
  • Corporate censor

Examples of Authoritarian theory:

For right Nikolai Yezhov, standing near Stalin was removed from this photograph after he shot dead in 1940. These types of censors are common during Stalin’s reign.

  • Here, Journalist or any media persons should not have any rights to comment, discriminate or stand against the government. Sometimes, an authority gives considerable freedom to minority thoughts and cultural issues to promote them if it doesn’t make any threats to authority or ruler.
  • King – King is the authority, who has all rights to control the communication and no one can question against the king.
    “The French king Louis XIV was concentrated in his person parliamentary, law making and judicial power. He was the authority of Supreme Court as well as he can condemn a men to death penalty without any rights appeal”.
  • Dictatorship – During the world war II Hitler and Mussolini are the two major authorities who controlled the press in Germany and Italy. Press was under the control of the authority and No press can’t question against or publish against these two dictators.
  • Few countries blocked wiki leaks website from its country to maintain the internal security because the wiki leaks are not ready to compromise with government censorship and realising classified documents against the government.
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  • farouq gilani September 25, 2012, 12:50 pm

    aslam o alekum!
    it is use full now a days in different under developing countries and according to me it is very nice and can be use full now a day if i implemented in a nice and proper way

  • simbwa muhammedi December 9, 2013, 10:33 pm

    rely this proved great powers to the leaders since no one could ask any question against them.however it couldn’t also give a chance for them at list to hear what was happening in the local people so they couldn’t appreciate of all what the leaders could do

  • kiramat April 16, 2014, 10:42 pm

    Please give me the answer of this question…
    Q. Which of the normative theory of the press do you feel most appropriate to the scioe political environment in Pakistan.

  • mohammed usmank May 11, 2014, 12:32 pm

    it is not important to listen to them because their rules are not accepted

  • Mukhtar ahmed November 16, 2015, 11:52 am

    fabulous work

  • Murenzi LArissa March 22, 2016, 5:58 pm

    africans must implement this theory because they are coded and somehow blind to success,,,,,they need someone else to think ad act for them

  • Andrew kaunda April 18, 2016, 3:49 pm

    Good for communist not for capitalist. practical in Malawi where by MBC(Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation) is always a PROPAGANDA INSTRUMENT for ruling elite.

  • John Avian Gervacio July 12, 2016, 12:59 pm

    The information is very understood and it has a sight of example so that the reader will know the information.

  • obaidullah sahil November 3, 2016, 9:29 pm

    Slam ! according to the above theory, where media is controlling through kings or monarks, why the put restriction up on the media and why they wanted to keep the whole media affiars in their fingers, what was the purpose?

  • David miyim hinna January 22, 2017, 8:14 pm

    Authoriterian theory is isn’t practice in a country that is practicing simple democracy rather monarchical system of Government it suit for authoriterian theory.

  • GEOFFREY KUMADO February 26, 2017, 5:54 pm

    I have really learnt alot as a communication student. it has really enhance my studies. Before democracy prevail, censorhips from authorities has power over the people.

  • El Guapo March 2, 2017, 7:40 pm

    @Murenzi Africans are not blind!

  • tshithavhane mashudu April 6, 2017, 5:32 pm

    i have learn something as a communication student but this model is giving me challenges to understand am getting confused

  • Daniel wiafe akenten July 22, 2017, 1:49 pm

    I think it could be exercised a bit of liberality.

  • MURENZI December 27, 2017, 12:33 pm

    so…, if all communication are under ruling powers, how press will gain freedom!!

  • Wasie Baye March 12, 2018, 2:35 pm

    Can you tell me the main assumptions of the theory please?

  • HAMZA MUSA JAJA April 30, 2018, 2:23 am

    So good and fantastic work, thanks.

  • nadia May 21, 2018, 10:32 pm

    tell me the limitation of press media with pakistan

  • nadia May 21, 2018, 10:33 pm

    tell me limitation of press

  • faddad August 1, 2018, 1:45 pm

    This theory, now is applicable in Tanzania, media are suffering because dictatorship government.

  • Stanley Wilson August 23, 2018, 4:39 pm

    pls which of these theories would be applicable when writing on the effects of government ownership on mass media and control of objectivity reporting… pls a quick answer would be appreciated thank you guys

  • Right zilar Gilbert October 15, 2018, 2:33 pm

    This theory is now acting in Uganda where Journalist are beaten, jailed and tortured as they try to collect information! All this happen because of dectatorial government

  • George lois March 26, 2019, 10:48 pm

    Please state the difference between this theory and soviet press theory

  • okafor blessing May 29, 2019, 6:53 pm

    pls what are the implications of authoritarian press theory?

  • Ridwanj July 10, 2019, 7:36 pm

    Pls answer this question: what is your opinion that the media in Nigeria enjoyed freedom of press to a significant level even though they are not absolutely free from government restraint and interference. Support your answer with clear and relevant example

  • Mkuha juma November 23, 2019, 12:49 pm

    I real like it and actually serious short notice about authoritarian theory of the press

  • Bhagya Sahu January 10, 2020, 11:46 pm

    Great job

  • Omorohwovo trust March 2, 2020, 3:44 am

    This is impactful! this theory is stemmed from the authoritarian philosophy of Plato who thought that the state was safe only in the hands of a few wise men.

  • Okolie Princess December 16, 2020, 7:30 pm

    is this theory relevant to the sudy of community health??

  • Chinedum February 1, 2021, 2:41 am

    Helpful in every single ramification.

  • Abdullahi Muhammad Kabir February 4, 2021, 1:29 pm

    The authoritarian theory is good to some considerable extent.

  • Mohamed Sahr April 24, 2021, 8:18 pm

    The literature is hinged on a compelling height when appreciating it. Obviously, it is quite understandable and gives a concise overview.

  • Lilym November 30, 2021, 12:33 pm

    Please what year was the authoritarian theory propounded?

  • Emmanuel March 22, 2022, 8:58 am

    What are the assumptions and criticism of the new authoritarian theory

  • Kirui November 14, 2022, 1:30 pm

    Awesome theory I think it can work best

  • Nkwagoh Myra Mbah June 27, 2023, 7:11 am

    Quite nice, but I really think it should be exercised a little bit of liberty!

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