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.