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An Omani appeals court cancelled an order to close down a newspaper that had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary.  The privately-owned Azamn newspaper covered a series of corruption cases in 2014 in which several company executives were convicted.
The Court of First Instance said in September this year the paper had undermined the prestige of the state and disturbed public order, ordering it to be closed indefinitely and jailing three of its journalists, following a series of reports in 2016 over alleged cases of corruption within the judiciary.
 On 26th December, the Muscat appeals court overturned the conviction of one reporter who was sentenced in September to a year in jail and cut prison terms of  founder, editor, deputy editor and managing editor.