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Anti-harassment plans welcomed by Emma Watson

From BBC - February 13, 2018

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.

'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 have asked for principles, I have 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.

BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill told the BBC: "One of the most astonishing things about the introduction of these principles against harassment and bullying is the instantaneous and enthusiastic response across the whole of the industry.

"This has been the most fantastic example of the industry - both the people in front of and behind the camera, all the big organisations behind it - welcoming this as a way we can come together. We aspire to an industry which is absolutely free of this."

Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry said: "These principles and guidance are the result of a monumental cross-industry effort in the face of some difficult truths. Bafta is committed to promoting excellence and creative collaboration in film, games and television, and we believe that everyone has the right to work in a safe professional environment.

"It is essential that there is a shared understanding of respectful, inclusive working practices that enable everyone to succeed."

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