The Chairperson of the Trust Fund Board (TFB), Luckson Chipare said MISA was delighted that Titus had agreed to take on this challenge.
“We’re confident in her ability to take on the challenge of shaping strategic thinking for an active membership organisation, and encouraging partnerships and collaborations which can bring together journalists, media houses, free expression and media freedom activists,” said Chipare.” We look forward to her playing a key role in delivering our exciting new strategy.”
Titus described her appointment as a great honour.
She said now, more than ever, journalists and media freedom activists must find innovative ways to proactively engage in the rapidly changing policy reform agenda in the region.
“Failure to do so will leave us to contend with laws that infringe more and more on the ability of the media to deliver on its responsibility of facilitating citizens’ access to information on issues that affect their lives,” she said.
She said she was looking forward to help fulfill the MISA vision of ensuring a conducive environment for media freedom and freedom of expression in southern Africa.
Titus, who has extensive experience in media policy reform, advocacy and strategy development, served MISA in various capacities since 2001. She developed the organisation’s flagship ‘SADC Journalists Under Fire’ campaign which provides a mechanism for direct and immediate practical support to victims of media freedom violations.
MISA, formed in 1992,is a non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. It focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration.