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Introduction:

The Libertarian theory is one of the “Normative theories of press”. The theory which is originally came from libertarian thoughts from 16th century in Europe. The libertarian theorists are against the authoritarian thoughts. International trade and urbanization undermine the power of a rural aristocracy which leads various social movements raise includes the Protestants reformation, that demands individual’s freedom and their own lives and free thoughts. Liberalism means information is knowledge and knowledge is power. Libertarianism is free from any authority or any control or censorship. The libertarianism is an idea of individualism and limited government which is not harmful to another.

Libertarian theory:

Libertarian theory sees people are more enough to find and judge good ideas from bad. The theory says people are rational and their rational thoughts lead them to find out what are good and bad. The press should not restrict anything even a negative content may give knowledge and can make better decision whilst worst situation. The libertarian thoughts are exactly against or opposite to the authoritarian theory which means the authoritarian theory says “all forms of communication works under the control of government or elite like king”.

Strength and Weakness:

  1. Freedom of press will give more freedom to media to reveal the real thing happening in the society without any censorship or any authority blockades.
  2. Is reliable with U.S media traditions.
  3. It gives more values for individuals to express their thoughts in media.
  4. Theory excessively positive about media’s willing to meet responsibilities which may leads people into negative aspects.
  5. Is too positive about individual ethics and rationality.
  6. Ignores need for reasonable control of media.
  7. Ignores dilemmas posed by conflicting freedoms.

Example:

Wiki leaks website published all sorts of confidential or restricted files in public space and especially classified documents. These articles are providing brief knowledge about the government and its activities which helps people to identify what is happening in the society and its gives great choices to elect a better president in future.

Sometimes these documents may work against the government and its authority that is why most of the country is not willing to allow libertarian thoughts because it may affect their power and kingdom.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • mwesh August 2, 2012, 6:29 pm

    too shallow

  • Wanan Jeremiah April 14, 2013, 9:19 pm

    Libertartarian theory should be encouraged world wide,infact it’s a kind of democratic media theory.

  • Jerry H. Ayilimba August 10, 2013, 5:52 pm

    i think the libertarian theory is great and should be encouraged as Wanan puts it and i think gov’t should also have a bit of control over the media especially when they impinge on the rights of others, that is publishing libelous reports or endangering national security.

  • chelsea naserian October 31, 2013, 3:31 pm

    please add more information

  • Wanume Farouk November 7, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Libertarian theory to me has never been practiced any where around the World, it is practiced theortically but not practically am 100% sure.

  • Trust mhuka February 21, 2014, 12:18 pm

    The libertarian theory has never been practised in this world…even in the United States(the so called Champions of democracy)The Wikileaks proved to be something that no state (whether democratic or not) could handle or tolerate

  • Asanda Baca March 29, 2014, 2:22 pm

    Libertarian theory should be practised for both the sake of media and the society, however if its not, one the other will be affected negatively on their rights.

  • Milanuncios April 18, 2014, 1:16 am

    Muy inteligente el texto

  • John danlami June 19, 2014, 11:01 pm

    libertarian theory should be encouraged all over the universe because it is the best so,nothing gives one joy the freedom to speak freely……. yes

  • taremwa grant July 14, 2014, 7:49 pm

    the liberterian theory is no where but i wish it was considered so serious globally.

  • Olanihun zechariah September 2, 2014, 3:32 am

    If this theory can be practice, journalism we be highly celebrated, but it can be practise because of our political leader

  • lamidi afis adedayo March 28, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Libertarian theory of the press is practice in most countries but the journalist themselves who collect brown envelopes makes the system not to succeed fully

  • yahya misbahudeen May 8, 2015, 8:10 pm

    it is the best theory because it gives the media free operations

  • obiriki tarelayefa May 21, 2015, 1:35 am

    I think the libertarian theory is great and should be encouraged. However government should also have a bit of control over the media especially when they impinge on the right of others that is publishing libelous reports or endangering national security. Obiriki Tarelayefa Department of mass communication Caleb University Imota Lagos Nigeria

  • AROWOLAJU DEMILADE May 25, 2015, 1:40 pm

    Theories are set of hypotheses.

  • Andrew kaunda April 18, 2016, 3:33 pm

    On paper, the theory seems to be more appealing, however practically it is hard to be adopted by most of countries with fake democracy ideologies. Some times l even think my country Malawi would adopt this to denounce political propaganda. This theory can not fully succeed in our country since we have private ownership but government control.

  • Liad Tella May 11, 2016, 3:42 am

    a loose freedom may lead to the coversion of freedom to flames. te Arab spring is a good lesson. public affairs reporting and democracy are two steams that flows in the same channel that should and must not mix.

  • Bityabitya Amos May 13, 2016, 1:12 pm

    Libertarian theory remained so, and has never been practiced around the world. however, history will not forget it

  • omit simon May 31, 2016, 5:27 pm

    libertarian theory makes alot of sense when u read it like i did and understand it..but the problem is that some countries and their leaders can never adopt that kind of setting coz now the leaders control everything the way thats seems pleasing to them….that is why one morning the ugandan president just wakes up and orders for the shut down of specific media outlets….and journalists are beaten up every now and then…i dnt know the way we are realy taking as journalists coz everything z just a mess up to me

  • Acy June 28, 2016, 6:39 pm

    Who are some good libertarian theorists, any recommendations for reading?

  • Osman koroma August 25, 2016, 5:22 pm

    For me i don’t see the relevancy of this theory yes it good i agree but we should rethink as if the press is free and everyone is allow to express his or her view as they see fit that will be a disaster, it will called for great chaos and public scandal in societies. My fellow Libertarians if a country is imposing such a theory they have to regulate it or else people’s privacy will be tempered upon and that will led to distrust and many other disarray in countries. like for my country there was a video of a student who was scandalized by people nakedly shown on the video with a male both having sex and the girl is in her uniform, this happened on social media(whatsapp). the video was shared all over the country and the girl was rusticated from school. this happened cause social media as a forum don’t have limit and one can post as he or she pleases so if the whole media was at that time free then that vidoe will have been shown on television programmes. so my fellow libertarian let rethink our thought and see the consequences a country will face if this theory is practice. I REST MY CASE.

  • Nii okai david September 19, 2016, 6:32 pm

    Can i get the explanations of the strength and weakness of libertarianism. I hope of getting the explanations soon. Still waiting for the answer.

  • Onoja Godday December 4, 2017, 1:40 pm

    The normative theory need to be practice in this new despensation, in that way the heineous and draconian of people in position of authorities will unveiled to apprent. If practice, it can also pave way for two way symmetrical communication between the governments and its citizens. to my best wishes is practicable.

  • Onoja Godday December 4, 2017, 1:57 pm

    Libertarian theory of the press need to be enforce in this new governmental despensation, as it will help to uncover their draconian and abysmal did. It can also pave way for the citizens to air their voice and establishes two way symmetrical communication between the governments and the citizens. This also gives d individual d right for speech and dissemination of information. To my best wishes is practicable.

  • Africalinked Directory December 29, 2017, 8:47 pm

    This theory will pave way for citizens to speak up. its very deep

  • bityabitya amos January 4, 2018, 4:19 pm

    i think to operate on libertarian theory of the media all presidents must be journalists, may be???

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