Scotland Yard has handed the Crown Prosecution Service files on five journalists for charging advice in relation to Operation Weeting, the force's investigation into phone hacking.
The files all relate to allegations of offences under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the CPS said.
We are not prepared to discuss the identities of those involved or the alleged offences in any greater detail at this stage as a number of related investigations are ongoing.
We are unable to give any timescale for charging decisions, except to say that these cases are being considered very carefully and thoroughly, and the decisions will be made as soon as is practicable.
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