Joseph Howe was a very famous politician of the mid-1800s. There was a newspaper called Freedom of the press that talks about anything that is true even it goes to the government. On 1830s Joseph Howe puts a freedom to a test. He published a newspaper called the Novascotian. On the new years day on 1835, he published a letter in his newspaper that the city leader in Halifax were spending public money. Large sums of money that has to be used for poor people were used. When the city leader looked at it, he were so disappointed. The city leader were saying it was a lie, so they brought him to the court on charge. Still, the legal term for telling lies such as these is libel and he was guilty. He could have been fined or sent to jail. On the main day of his trial, he spoke for 6 hours, talking about why elites were not fair. His speech were sometimes making laughter but sometimes making people cry. The jury decided that Joseph were guilty and after the trial, he were a hero.