Egypt army tightens control ahead of deadline, enters state TV newsroom

Staffers at Egypt’s state TV say military officers are present in the newsroom at the influential broadcaster, monitoring its output, shortly ahead of the expiration of the army’s deadline to the Islamist president.

The staffers say the officers of the military information department were checking content Wednesday but not interfering.

The military also beefed up the presence of troops inside the building, the staffers said, though they were not visible outside. Even before the crisis, a small army contingent usually guards the state TV headquarters.

The military appears to be tightening its control over sensitive institutions before the expiration of military ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi. (AP)