WORLD : Chinese Radio Mission Scuttled

<i> From Times wire services</i>

Organizers of the Goddess of Democracy radio ship today canceled plans to beam pro-democracy messages to China because of setbacks in obtaining crucial broadcasting equipment.

“It was a difficult decision. We are forced to abandon the broadcasting project,” said Xu Tianfang, deputy secretary of the A Boat for China Assn., one of the main organizers.

He said organizers will sell the ship at auction and distribute tapes of the planned broadcasts to radio stations that can help transmit the messages to China.