can still result in attempts to muzzle the speaker.
Gene Nichol is now required to warn UNC and add a disclaimer any time he writes something for publication.
Printed under the column were [Nichol's] name, his title as the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor and this statement: “He doesn’t speak for UNC.”
Since late October, the disclaimer has appeared whenever Nichol, a provocative and prolific writer, pens a piece for the newspaper’s opinion pages.
According to email records obtained by the N&O, Nichol, a former dean and college president and well-known liberal, has also been asked by his bosses to give them a day or two days’ notice – a “heads up” before his columns appear
That's because Nichol speaks truth that the powerful don't want to hear. And some of the powerful react with indignation.