This article is from the phys.org. Here’s an excerpt:
The importance of a free press to a thriving democracy is well-known. But what is its importance to a thriving economy?
We have found evidence attacks on press freedom—such as jailing journalists, raiding their homes, shutting down printing presses, and using libel laws to thwart reporters—have measurable effects on economic growth.
Here’s a link to the full article.