Request for Bikini Photo in Line with ‘Open Court’

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National Post


When a lawyer representing Canadian media stepped forward Thursday morning at Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial in Toronto to argue for the release of a bikini photo of a woman who testified against the disgraced former CBC radio host, many turned to Twitter to voice their outrage. Observers described the request for the photo, which the woman, who cannot be identified, sent to Ghomeshi 18 months after he allegedly assaulted her on two separate occasions, as shameful and voyeuristic. But the "open court" principle, the idea on which the request was based, is a key building block of the Canadian justice system. The National Post's Alia Dharssi breaks down how the court's commitment to openness is balanced with protecting victims of sexual assault.