The appeals court in Copenhagen dismissed on 12 September 2002 a request by police to compel journalist Stig Matthiesen, of the daily Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, to reveal his sources about Islamist activities in Denmark. It said the information police were seeking was "not crucial." Matthiesen had faced up to six months in jail and a fine.
The paper’s managing editor, Joergen Ejboel, said on 28 August that the journalist’s phone had been tapped. The police had obtained a court exemption from a clause of the law protecting journalists’ sources after listening to a secretly-recorded conversation between Matthiesen and his office.