In the piece Michael, pictured left, said the reputation of Sir Edward had “forever been tarnished” by accusations he had sexually abused children.
Stroud MP Neil Carmichael, who knew Sir Edward personally, had accused police of leading a “witch hunt” against his fellow Conservative, who died in 2005.
In his editorial comment on the story, Michael wrote: “Should people accused of sexual offences be publicly named before they are convicted? Sir Edward Heath’s reputation has forever been tarnished even if he is cleared of any wrongdoing.
“Sexual offence allegations carry a stigma and permanently change the way a person is perceived, despite the outcome of the police investigation.
“There is a general principle in the media that all defendants should be named whatever the allegation, unless there is a legal reason for withholding the name.
“Perhaps it is time this changed and defendants are only publicly named if convicted.”
Michael took over as editor of the Newsquest-owned News and Journal and sister titles the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and Gloucestershire County Gazette earlier this year, replacing Skip Walker and Sue Smith.
He declined to comment further on the editorial when approched by HTFP.
At least seven police forces across the country are currently investigating historical child sex abuse claims made against Sir Edward, who was Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974.