An Omani appeals court on Monday cancelled an order to close down a newspaper that had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary.
The privately-owned Al-Zaman newspaper covered a series of corruption cases in 2014 in which several company executives were convicted.
The Court of First Instance said in September that the paper had undermined the prestige of the state and disturbed public order, ordering it be closed indefinitely and jailing three of its journalists, following a series of reports in 2016 over alleged cases of corruption within the judiciary.
The newspaper was first closed by an administrative order from the information ministry issued in August.
On Monday, the Muscat appeals court overturned the conviction of one reporter who was sentenced in September to a year in jail and cut prison terms imposed on Al-Zaman founder and editor Ibrahim al-Mamari and his deputy and managing editor, Youssef al-Balushi, to, respectively, six months and one year, down from three.
Fines imposed on the two were also reduced to OMR1,000 each, down from OMR3,000.
Five years ago, a court closed the newspaper for one month and gave Mamari and a reporter five-month suspended jail sentences for insulting the justice minister and other officials.