Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hugh McCullum, Former Editor, Dies at Age 76

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hugh McCullum, Former Editor, Dies at Age 76

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Hugh McCullum, who edited the Canadian Churchman (predecessor to the Anglican Journal) from 1968 to 197.5, and who was known as an activist-journalist who championed social justice, died Oct. 16. He was 76.

Mr. McCullum was the first layperson' to be appointed editor of the Canadian Churchman, and relished the newspaper's editorial independence. "I used to worry a lot about journalistic standards and ethics in those days and fought some fairly bitter battles with the leaders of a couple of Canadian churches to make sure that editorial independence meant just that--that we were journalists first and institutional hacks second," Mr. McCullum told a gathering of North American church media in 21304. He later served as editor of the United Church Observer for nearly 10 years.

In 1989, he left to take charge of the information unit of a research and documentation organization in Zimbabwe and, except for a brief return to Canada (as senior editor-writer of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples), stayed in Africa for 13 years.

Mr. McCullum became the harshest critic of church and secular media, for their silence on the killing in April 1994 of 800,000 Christian Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda.

Mr. …

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