Actually, it is about ethics in journalism.
The phrase has been dragged through the mud through the past year by Internet people grotesquely misusing and overusing it (as they do), but in light of recent events it’s worth remembering that “ethics in journalism” is, in fact, a thing.
Ethics are not laws. Laws, as opposed to ethics, are the bare minimum when it comes to standards of conduct. They define what the government can’t stop you from doing, by force. Defending your behavior by saying it isn’t legally prohibited thanks to the First Amendment is the last refuge of the scoundrel — it’s saying you have no defense other than that it isn’t so bad that Congress could pass a law prohibiting it.