An interview with Sunday Times editor Mondli Makhanya has been altered
with defamatory content and posted on the social media platform YouTube, writes Sashni Pather in The Times.
The interview with Makhanya revolved around the newspaperÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s reporting on allegations about controversial Health Minister Manto Tshabalala- Msimang.
It was originally posted on The Times multimedia portal last week.
It has been altered to include the barking of baboons and images of monkeys in ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhear no evil, see no evil, speak no evilÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â poses.
It also includes images of Tshabalala-Msimang and ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma.
The Times has written to YouTubeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s legal team calling for the immediate removal of the video, uploaded by ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œANCBCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
The distorted video includes the entire interview with Makhanya, including The Times logo and credits.
Gregor Rohrig, The Times deputy multimedia editor, said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe video is a direct infringement of copyright, [and includes] defamation and hate speech.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Rohrig urged YouTube to remove the video as it misrepresented the original production .