“Gavras is alive and spoke on Greek state television Thursday,” the wire service said in its follow-up report.
The Associated Press said it had based its its now-retracted report on what it described as a statement from Greek culture minister Mysini Zorba.
The AP has deleted a tweet about Greek-French film director Costa Gavras. The Greek Culture Ministry says the Tweet on which his 'death' was based came from a fake account.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 30, 2018
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Born Konstantinos Gavras in Iraia, Greece in 1933, the filmmaker is known for his politically charged films,