When users of the Guardian website started to wonder at the way certain kinds of stories were handled in Guardian editorials the Peterloo Avatar campaign was born to try to open a dialogue with the editors.

The definitive reply from the Guardian’s editor has made it clear they don’t prioritise the issues raised about the editorial policies and the moderation of user posts in its comment areas. I think the most eloquent response to this came during an email correspondence from a Guardian CiF user called Hyperlink

I feel what you are doing is of great significance and should be supported by all those who believe in free speech
especially – now as in the coming days/months the corporate players will be using ever more energy to stifle debate

With the political debate dragged to the right by the likes of Murdoch, stifling any dissent to their particular brand of politics – it’s time to take back the media.