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Rhodesia Herald Editor Dies

May 28, 1985

LONDON (AP) _ Malcolm Norman Smith, a former editor of the Rhodesia Herald who opposed white minority rule in his African homeland, has died in England, the Times of London reported Tuesday. He was 66.

He died May 17 in Brighton following a long illness, the newspaper said. It did not give the cause.

Smith was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, and worked on the Bulawayo Chronicle before joining the British army and serving in India and Burma during World War II. He subsequently returned to journalism and became editor of the Rhodesia Herald newspaper in 1962.

Smith, who was not related to Prime Minister Ian Smith, opposed the premier’s 1965 breakaway from Britain over the issue of black majority rule. When the government censored stories in his newspaper he left the space blank in protest.

He moved to Britain in 1967, 13 years before Rhodesia achieved independence as Zimbabwe with a black majority government. Smith is survived by his widow, Aileen, two sons and a daughter.

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