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Quebecor, Sun Media, Canoe and journalist Hubert Lapointe were in court last week to plead ‘not guilty’ to violating a ban on publishing the name of a sexual assault victim.

Lapointe - who, along with 16 others, is the subject of a complaint brought against the media corporation under Québec’s anti-scab law - authored the article on Quebecor’s internet portal Canoe, in July.

The article - which was also reproduced in the strike-bound newspaper - covered the conviction and sentencing of a Valcartier-based soldier for sexual assault.  But the article named the assault victim, in violation of a publication ban.

The woman - who learned she had been identified when she came in to work - filed the complaint with the crown.