A JOURNALIST is suing a magazine for allegedly defaming him in an article about his business relationship with former newspaper tycoon Sally Aw Sian. FrontLine Magazine, a bi-monthly in Hong Kong and in the United States, ran an article in its February 1999 issue concerning David Liu and Ms Aw, the former chairwoman of Sing Tao Limited. The story 'purported to describe the wrongful acts and deeds allegedly done' by Mr Liu over his business dealings with Ms Aw, including the operation of her Asia News Service, according to a High Court writ. Lawyers for Mr Liu charged that the allegations were 'totally untrue and entirely groundless and without basis'. He is seeking unspecified damages for defamation and injunction. Mr Liu said he has been 'greatly injured in his credit, character and reputation' and 'brought into scandal and contempt'. He also suffered from distress and embarrassment, the writ says. Named as defendants are proprietor and publisher Brightec Limited, printer Ha Fai Yi International Publication Co, and editor Lau Tat-man. They were accused of publishing the 'defamatory' article with malice.