The website of Belgian language site Belge de Belgique (Belgian Language) was closed for violation of a number of Belgian laws by the Federal Office for Information Security (FOSI).
The website’s administrators have appealed the decision and are awaiting the results of the investigation, a Belgian government spokesman said on Wednesday.
“The decision to close the site was taken by the FOSI, as per its directive, due to the presence of malware and the violation of EU rules on cyber security,” FOSi director general Christophe Meche said in a statement.
“This decision is without any doubt an act of violence against the Belgian language, in violation of fundamental principles of the Belgian state and the law,” he added.
The FOSIC did not provide further details on the reasons behind the closure.
The site was previously shut down on November 11, 2017, for violating Belgian law.
The decision was taken on the basis of information received by FOSIs security service, FOSS.
Belgian authorities have been conducting an investigation into the site, which was operated by the Belgian-Belgian language magazine Belge.
The Belgian government has said that the site’s administrators were given 30 days to comply with EU rules regarding security measures, which were enforced on November 10.
A Belgian government spokesperson said in the statement that the decision was a response to an earlier warning from the FosI, which found that the website was violating EU security rules.
The government said it would suspend the operation of the website and would be in contact with the owner of the site.
The website is owned by an unnamed Belgian company.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Tuesday that he was concerned about the closure of the Belgium-language website.
“I am sure that the Belgian authorities will be doing all they can to ensure that the security of all Belgians is protected,” Michel said.
A spokesperson for the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office told the BBC that the agency was investigating the closure and that it would respond to the authorities in due course.
The announcement of the closure came as Belgian authorities announced a number or measures against those who are suspected of violating security measures against EU citizens in the country.
The country’s interior minister, Koen Geens, told journalists on Wednesday that a number four person, a member of the “National Front”, has been arrested in connection with the investigation.
The national anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and the security services have launched an investigation and are also conducting a criminal investigation into alleged members of the same group.
It is also unclear if the suspects are involved in any criminal activity.