As I've posted before, freedom of speech is being extinguished in much of the western world through the outlawing of politically incorrect, so called "hate speech". This is only applied against people who oppose the left's agenda, never against similar speech directed by the left at conservatives (in the American sense).
Another example has cropped up in Holland, where a court has ruled that Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders should be prosecuted for "inciting racial hatred with anti-Islamic statements" that include calling the Koran a "fascist book."
We tend to take freedom of speech for granted in this country because of the First Amendment, but much of the western world doesn't provide that protection. Between taxation, regulation, and suppression of politically incorrect speech, freedom is dwindling in supposedly free Western countries.
Here's another article on the subject. Apparently Wilders has been under 24 hour police protection for the past 4 1/2 years because of Muslim threats against his life. So it's not OK to criticize people who have threatened to kill you, like they've killed other people in Holland who've criticized Islam? Freedom of speech isn't just dwindling in Holland, it's gone.