17:15 Now reports that Egyptian TV denying that building has been evacuated. Situation confused.
15.15 hrs Egyptian time – unconfirmed reports that the Egyptian army have taken over the State TV building at Maspero. They have asked all but staff essential for the purpose of live broadcasts to leave the building. While I think the army’s intervention is nearly inevitable as law and order deteriorates and armed militia roam the streets, I’m not sure if this sends out a positive signal. Reporters should still be free to do their job.
Staff say that the building is now surrounded by a security cordon of troops and armoured vehicles.