The Washington Post's executive editor says correspondent Jason Rezaian has had an "unacceptable lack of access to legal counsel" while jailed for nearly nine months in Iran and still has not had a substantive discussion with his lawyer.

Executive Editor Martin Baron said in a statement Tuesday that Rezaian only met defense lawyer Leila Ahsan once in a judge's chambers weeks ago before she had formally been named as his attorney.

Baron says they were not allowed to discuss Rezaian's case or the charges he faces, and that a scheduled one-hour session next week will be their only meeting allowed in preparation for a trial.