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Six Former News Of The World Journalists Not Charged With Phone Hacking

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Members of the media surround the taxi carrying Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor and the former spin doctor of British Prime Minister David Cameron, as he leaves the Central Criminal Court in London, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Coulson was convicted of phone hacking Tuesday, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. A judge on Wednesday dismissed the jury at Britain's phone-h | ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say they will not charge six former News of the World journalists over alleged phone hacking by staff of the tabloid's features desk.

The six were arrested in February 2013 on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone communications.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Wednesday that it had decided there was "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction."

The journalists were among dozens of people arrested after revelations that the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid had eavesdropped on the voicemail messages of hundreds of people in the public eye.

Six others, including former editor Andy Coulson and several news desk editors, have been convicted of a separate conspiracy to hack phones.

Coulson, who also served as Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief, is serving an 18-month jail sentence.

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