London: Two journalists were arrested on Wednesday by Scotland Yard investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials as part of a probe related to the phone-hacking controversy at media baron Rupert Murdoch`s News of the World tabloid.
The two unnamed journalists were arrested under Operation Elveden, which is the police investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials for information to be used in news stories.
Scotland Yard said in a statement that one 37-year-old journalist was arrested at his home in Kent while a 34-year-old journalist was arrested at his home in south-east London "on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt (contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906) and of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office (Contrary to Common Law)".
The two journalists are being questioned at police stations in Kent and south-east London, the police said.
Operation Elveden is being run along with Operation Weeting, the investigation into the phone-hacking of mailboxes.
Yard said, "Today`s arrests relate to suspected payments to a public official and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately".