‘Defamed’ Bateman wants paper to reveal sources

A newspaper accused of defaming Primary Health Care magnate Dr Edmund Bateman in stories that portrayed his practices as "sweat shops" is under pressure to reveal its sources.

Dr Bateman is suing the owner of the Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, over a series of articles published in October 2010 that were critical of his treatment of GPs.

The articles included accusations from anonymous sources that claimed Dr Bateman aggressively resorted to litigation when disputes arose with his doctors and that there was "not a lot of mercy shown",