Fanuel Mapfumo has been unable to lift heavy objects since a Zimbabwe police officer fractured his left arm as he was covering a story last August.
The 28-year-old journalist was filming a banned protest in the capital Harare when it happened.
Opposition supporters were voicing their discontent with the country’s ailing economy when police descended on the crowd with batons.
Mapfumo, who works for the Zim Morning Post, said they ordered him to stop filming.
“I identified myself as a journalist,” he told AFP.
“But the next thing I remember is being dragged into a group of police officers who beat me all over my body.”