A Hong Kong Internet company has filed a defamation suit in what is believed to be the territory's first cyberspace libel case. Asia On-Line is taking legal action against Hongkong SuperNet subscriber Chris So after he posted an article on the Net which Asia On-Line said implied that the service provider would go bust. In a writ filed at the Supreme Court yesterday Asia On-Line claimed Mr So had published the message on July 26 'falsely and maliciously'. It added: 'The statement was understood to imply that the plaintiff would fail and close soon resulting from its poor management and financial difficulties. 'By reason of the publication of the statement the plaintiffs have been severely injured in their credit, reputation and in the way of their said business.' The message was posted on the Hongkong SuperNet news group, a type of public notice board, and could have been picked up by anyone in the world who was logged on at the time. Asia On-Line, Worldlink Communications and Asia Communications Global are demanding unspecified damages and costs. Hongkong SuperNet spokesman Lee Kheng Joo said he believed it was the territory's first Internet libel case. Mr Lee added: 'Mr So does not work for Hongkong SuperNet, but it seems he is our subscriber. 'The message could have been seen by quite a lot of people. 'A couple of thousand may have read it.' Hongkong SuperNet, formerly owned by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, was sold to a consortium in June. Neither Asia On-Line nor its lawyers were available for comment last night. The company is not taking any action against Hongkong SuperNet.