“For the viewers of Turkmenistan’s popular nightly news programme, Vatan, it was another routine bulletin. But as the newsreader began the 9pm broadcast, viewers across the central Asian country spotted something unusual crawling across the studio table: a large brown cockroach.
The cockroach managed to complete a whole lap of the desk, apparently undetected, before disappearing. The programme, complete with cockroach, was repeated at 11pm that night…..
The consequences of this particular cockroach’s impromptu five minutes of fame were immediate and severe. The country’s president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, took news of the insect so badly that he responded by firing no fewer than 30 workers from the main state TV channel, the news website Kronika Turkmenistan reported yesterday….
Those sacked in the cockroach debacle included journalists, directors, camera operators, and technical staff, the website reported. “
That’s a pretty extreme reaction to a roach!
(No word on the species of the “brown” roach in question–i.e, if it is a smoky brown, brown banded, or another kind of roach.)