BBC Trending radio: Death threats in Libya and the 'Rotten West' meme

Libyan activist Tawfik Bensaud Image copyright The Bensaud family
Image caption Libyan activist Tawfik Bensaud

Listen to or download the latest BBC Trending podcast to learn more about Libyan activist Tawfik Bensaud, and more trends from across the world.


We explore the way death threats are being made online in Libya. The killing of 18-year-old prominent activist Tawfik Bensaud two months ago provoked anger and hurt on social media. Thousands showed their support using the hashtag #IamTawfik. But more recently many activists have kept a low profile online after they were directly threatened on a number of Facebook pages. The killings have also continued, with three activists targeted last week. We speak to Tawfik Bensaud's cousin Huda El Khoja, and to one of the founders of Libyan Youth Movement on Facebook, Ayat Mneina.

Russia and Ukraine

'Rotten West', a new page on Russian site Vkontakte, has gathered thousands of followers in the past weeks. The satirical irony pairs grim pictures from Russia with references to western cities to make fun of Russians who laugh at the apparently decaying West. And the creator of the group, "Anna from Moscow" may not be all that she seems.

You can put us in your pocket and listen anytime by downloading our free podcast and we are on BBC World Service radio at 10:30 GMT on Saturdays.

The programme was presented by Mukul Devichand and produced by India Rakusen.

(Image: Tawfik Bensaud with kind permission of the Bensaud family)