Two David Cameron aides to be charged for bribery
"This guidance asks prosecutors to consider whether the public interest served by the conduct in question outweighs the overall criminality before bringing criminal proceedings."
The five will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed.
Coulson and Goodman are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office – one between August 31 2002 and January 31 2003, and the other between January 31 and June 3 2005.
Barber, Kay and Brooks face one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office between January 1 2004 and January 31 2012.
Operation Elveden is being run alongside two others: Operation Weeting, which is looking at allegations of phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, an inquiry into accusations of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.
Eight people including Coulson and Brooks face charges linked to an alleged conspiracy to hack phones.
The others are private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and five former News of the World journalists - ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup.
They are all due to face trial in September next year.
So far 18 people have been arrested as part of Operation Tuleta, but no-one has yet been charged.
There is a remaining suspect who is still being investigated in relation to the charges
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