A visiting correspondent for the Spanish TV station Antena 3, Ortega was fatally shot on 7 March 2004 while covering a demonstration by opponents of former President Aristide. Enrique Ibañez of the Spanish news agency EFE said shooting broke out as the demonstration was dispersing.
Ortega did not die immediately. After being shot, he took refuge in a nearby house.
He was then taken to the Canapé Vert hospital in Port-au-Prince where he died from his bullet injuries, one to the chest and one to the abdomen.
Aged 37, Ortega began his press career as an EFE correspondent in Moscow. He then freelanced for Antena 3 before joining its staff in 1994. He covered the war in Chechnya and the September 11 attacks in New York, where he was a resident correspondent at the time. He also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although on vacation, he volunteered to go and cover the crisis in Haiti.