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

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:
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.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

farouq gilani September 25, 2012 at 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
thanks!

simbwa muhammedi December 9, 2013 at 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 at 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 at 12:32 pm

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

Mukhtar ahmed November 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

fabulous work

Murenzi LArissa March 22, 2016 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 7:40 pm

@Murenzi Africans are not blind!

tshithavhane mashudu April 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm

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

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