Emma Watson joins harassment fight

Hollywood actress Emma Watson is backing guidelines to tackle harassment and bullying in Britain’s film and television industry as sex abuse scandals rip through the working world.

The new initiative outlines a zero-tolerance approach to any form of harassment and a shared responsibility to create a respectful workplace. Any project seeking funding from the BFI (which hands out tens of millions of dollars to new productions each year) will be required to sign off on the set of eight new principles.

According to the British film industry and the British academy of film and television confidential helpline would be set up in April to support industry staff, and training provided to partners to handle allegations and cases.

“They are not just about protecting individuals but are also an important step in embracing a greater diversity of voices,” said Watson, most famous for her role as a female wizard in the fantasy movie series ‘Harry Potter’.

The actress and humanitarian added: “I hope these principles become second nature for everyone; they are not just about protecting individuals but are also an important step in embracing a greater diversity of voices – and eventually having an entertainment industry that actually represents the world we live in.”

The likes of St Trinian’s actress Gemma Arterton, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker are also backing the plan.