In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 photo, an Egyptian army armored vehicle stands on the on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper)
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Egypt is drafting a law tightening restrictions on media coverage of the armed forces, government and judicial sources said, alarming journalists who believe this would end three years of relative press freedom.One source played down any threat to freedoms won after the 2011 overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, saying legislation under discussion would restrict only reporting that endangers national security while Egypt fights Islamist militants.Anyone who breaks the law would face up to five years in jail and a fine of 10,000 to 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,400 to $7,000), rising to prison without parole and a fine of 100,000-200,000 pounds during war or emergency rule.The government has not publicly commented on the leaked draft but three sources said the law was being discussed by Egypt's Council of State, a judicial body that advises the government and drafts laws.
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