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A spokesman for her lawyers said she was being detained on "orders from a very high level".
I had only been there three hours and was having a cup of tea when I was arrested
Mts Thornycroft, 57, was arrested on Wednesday in the eastern resort town of Chimanimani, while investigating reports of violence against opposition activists.
Referring to her reported release, the spokesman, Tapiwanashe Kujinga, told Associated Press: "That is all rubbish... It is sickening that they should say she has been released when she is still in custody."
Mr Kujinga said Mrs Thornycroft's case was now being handled by the ministry of Nicholas Goche, who heads Zimbabwe's secret police - the Central Intelligence Organisation.
The editor of the Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore, said the allegations against her were "ludicrous".
Mrs Thornycroft was born in the UK, but she is now a Zimbabwean citizen.
She is the first journalist to be detained since a media bill was signed into law days after Mr Mugabe's controversial re-election earlier this month.
Independent journalists have complained of a campaign of state harassment for a number of years.
In 1998, two journalists were illegally detained by the military and tortured for several days.
Using her lawyer's mobile phone, Mrs Thorvcroft denied any wrong-doing.
"I didn't have a chance to file a word or to do a proper interview with anybody. I had only been there three hours and was having a cup of tea when I was arrested."
Now widowed, Mrs Thornycroft has a son, daughter and granddaughter.
She has worked for the Daily Telegraph since last June and also works for South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper.
I am so proud of my brave mother jailed in
By David Blair, Foreign Staff
THE daughter of Peta Thornycroft, The Telegraph's jailed Zimbabwe correspondent, spoke yesterday of her pride in her mother and urged her to continue exposing President Mugabe's repression.
Emily Wellman, 23, recalled her mother's long fight against injustice, including apartheid, and demanded her release.
"Throughout my childhood, my mother fought the evils in southern Africa through principled journalism," said Miss Wellman, who takes her name from her father.
"Both my parents were actively involved in fighting apartheid, through work and in their private lives."
Before Miss Wellman was born in 1979, her mother wrote to Nelson Mandela in prison on Robben Island asking him to become her daughter's godfather. He agreed.
When Ms Thornycroft's husband, Peter Wellman, died last year, Mr Mandela sent his condolences.
Miss Wellman said: "My father, who placed himself on the line many times in the fight against apartheid and was imprisoned for political reasons, would support her now."
Ms Thornycroft, 57, who lived in South Africa in the 1970s, was arrested on Wednesday and accused of breaking the public order and security Act. The law was forced through parliament in January and has been widely condemned as repressive.
Yesterday she was moved to police headquarters in Mutare, where she was expecting to be formally charged with "publishing false statements prejudicial to the state".
Last year, in a sign of her commitment to Zimbabwe, she renounced her British citizenship to comply with a new law and enable her to retain her Zimbabwean passport.
Besides her daughter, she has a son, Adrian, 35, and a three-year-old granddaughter, Jessica. Miss Wellman said her mother was well aware of the risks of working as a journalist in Zimbabwe.
"Many people say she should leave for her safety. I strongly disagree." Miss Wellman graduated from Cape Town University last year and is working in an Oxfordshire pub while travelling around Britain.
She has a photograph of herself as a baby bouncing on the knee of Sally Mugabe, the president's late wife, soon after Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980.
But she and her mother have been disturbed by the country's descent into repression and economic collapse. She said: "I am grateful that people like my mother are there trying to report the facts and change a terrible situation.
"I am unsure how her imprisonment will turn out. I am sure it will drag on. If it does goes badly for her, she will have all our love and support and at some stage the truth will be revealed about Zimbabwe under Mugabe's rule.
"I love my mother and I wish I could be there to support her. I am terribly proud of her and filled with admiration and respect. She is a truly remarkable woman."