Online correspondents represent the largest category of jailed journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said, accounting for 56 of the 125 reporters currently locked up.
Unsurprisingly, China continues to be the world's most prolific jailer of correspondents - a dubious title that it has now held for ten consecutive years.
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan follow closely behind the Asian powerhouse, rounding off the top five countries out of 29 nations around the globe that currently have journalists behind bars.
CPJ executive director Joel Simon explained that the growth of online journalism has re-defined the media landscape, prompting autocratic regimes to set their sights on seemingly innocuous targets.
"The power and influence of this new generation of online journalists has captured the attention of repressive governments around the world," he explained. "And they have accelerated their counterattack."
Revealingly, 45 of the journalists on the CPJ prison census are freelancers. These individuals are considered the most at-risk because they lack access to legal resources or political connections that could secure their release.
"The image of the solitary blogger working at home in pyjamas may be appealing, but when the knock comes on the door they are alone and vulnerable," Mr Simon noted. "We are now in a battle with the enemies of press freedom who are using imprisonment to define the limits of public discourse."
After online correspondents, the second largest category of incarcerated media personnel is made up of print reporters, editors, and photographers. They account for a total of 53 cases.
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