ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ The owner, publisher and three reporters of an independent Athens newspaper were convicted of libel and given jail sentences ranging from six to nine years, the harshest on record in Greece, an official said Friday.

The five, who work for the left-wing Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia, or Sunday Free Press, were convicted Thursday of libel for publishing two police documents listing possible members of the shadowy ''November 17'' terrorist organization, a court spokesman said.

The terror group has claimed the killing of two American diplomats in Athens.

The three reporters, Kostas Skouras, George Phillipakis and Spyros Karatzaferis, each received nine-year sentences, while owner Avgerinos Tegopoulos and publisher Panagiottis Koliopanos received six years each, the court spokesman said,

He added that all five appealed the sentences and were freed pending a higher court hearing.

Among those mentioned in the police list is George Votsis, editor of Eletherotypia or Free Press, the newspaper's daily sister publication.

The police documents were published on Dec. 9, 1984.

The court also ordered the newspaper to pay about $4,400 in damages to each of the six plaintiffs, and ruled that the convicted men must pay about $1,500 in damages to each of the six.

November 17 claimed the killing of Richard Welch, CIA station chief in Athens, in December 1975, and the killing of U.S. Navy Capt. George Tsantes in November 1983. It has taken credit for seven other political assassinations in the Greek capital.