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New York Times reporter injured in Zimbabwe cell

HARARE (Reuters) - A New York Times reporter detained in Zimbabwe has badly injured his back in a fall and needs medical treatment, his lawyer said on Monday.

New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak and a British reporter were granted bail on Monday after being charged with covering Zimbabwe’s March 29 election without official accreditation.

“They were given bail of 300 million Zimbabwean dollars ($7.50) and the Briton was ordered to reside at the British Embassy and the American was ordered to stay at Dandaro Clinic because he fell in the cells and sustained serious injuries, so he needs medical attention,” lawyer Harrison Nkomo said.

Nkomo made no suggestion that any foul play was involved.

Both journalists were not immediately reachable for comment.

Police arrested the journalists at their hotel on Thursday night. Zimbabwean police were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Matthew Tostevin