Emma Watson welcomes entertainment industry plan to stop bullying and harassment

Emma Watson has welcomed new guidelines to help prevent sexual harassment and bullying in the entertainment industry.

The plan was put together by organisations like Bafta, the British Film Institute and Equity in light of the sexual harassment scandal.

In future, only projects that sign up to the guidelines will be given funding by the BFI.

Plans include appointing two people on every set to deal with issues and allegations, and a new support line.

They have been unveiled as the British film industry prepares for the Bafta awards this weekend. As well as film, the eight-point plan will apply to the television and games industries.

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‘I found it shocking’

Actor and advocate Watson said: “These principles are important because up until recently there were no guidelines, there was no protocol for someone that had been sexually harassed in the entertainment industry and I know this to be a fact because I’ve asked for principles, I’ve asked to see guidelines and no one could give them to me.

“No one could send me – ‘okay, here’s the protocol that we follow when someone’s had this experience’ – which I found shocking.”

She is one of the actors and filmmakers – also including Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, Gemma Arterton, Gemma Chan, and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli – to be consulted over the plans.

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